If you’ve ever taken a yoga class, it’s safe to say you heard the instructor mention hip openers. A lot. And there’s a reason why. We store a lot of subconscious trauma, stress, and negative emotions tightly within our hips. Yet beyond yoga, there’s also science to back this up. So, in this article, we’ll discuss the relationship between your hips and emotions and how to release everything that is no longer serving you. It’s time to get flexible and heal, consciously and subconsciously.
What Is the Relationship Between Hips and Emotions?
To understand the relationship between our hips and emotions, it’s important to explore the mind-body connection. When we’re stressed, anxious, or even experiencing trauma, our fight-flight-or-freeze stress response activates and releases stress hormones. And in these moments of stress, the deep muscles within our hips, known as the psoas muscles, contract and tighten. Even after your parasympathetic nervous system kicks in to calm you, your hips can carry that tension, creating other symptoms like irritability, low back pain, headaches, and sadness.
On top of this, spiritually, our hips associate with the sacral chakra, which carries the emotional energy we use to relate with ourselves and others. Unfortunately, a blocked sacral chakra causes isolation, anxiety, low libido, and a lack of creativity. So, given this scientific and spiritual answer, the hips are known as the junk drawers of the body because they hold onto unprocessed emotions. But rolling out your yoga mat, dancing, and other movement techniques will help you release some of that physical and emotional pain.
How to Release Emotions From Your Hips
Shaking not only balances your nervous system but it also releases stress from your hips. In fact, its inspiration traces back to observing animals. When an animal survives a danger, it shakes to release the stress stored in their bodies. And the same applies to stress stored in your hips. To practice it, focus on your hips, and shake your body. Pull out every Shakira dance move you can think of and have fun. Afterward, tune into how you feel. Do you feel lighter, happier, and more at ease?
2. Low lunge
The first yoga pose of this article is certainly a fan favorite. It’s simple and releases pain from the hips and lower back. Here’s how to practice;
- Either beginning from the downward dog position or by standing, step one foot between your hands
- Make sure your knee is at a 90-degree angle, slightly going over your heel
- Next, lower your other knee to the floor and pull your right hip forward if extending your right leg
- As you inhale, raise your arms overhead and focus on the stretch
- Take a few deep breaths and repeat the entire process on the opposite side
3. Frog pose
Don’t be fooled by the cute name. The frog pose is challenging for your body and mind, but it’s worth it.
- To begin, get onto all fours and slowly walk your knees out wide
- Next, turn your feet out and allow your hips to gently sink
- At this point, you should feel a strong stretch
- While you’re in this position, focus on your breath and don’t push your body. This pose is hardcore, and you don’t want to hurt yourself further
- Challenge yourself and try to stay for at least ten breaths
4. Child’s pose
An oldie but a goodie, the child’s pose provides many healing benefits. It gently stretches the back, grounds you, and connects you to your breath.
- Begin by kneeling on the floor with your feet and buttocks together on the floor
- Next, choose between a closed hip opening or a wide opening. Both will release stress
- Then, swan dive your arms out in front of you or place them to the sides, and place your forehead on the floor
- Take a few deep breaths and stay as long as you’d like
5. Lizard pose
This pose is a challenging one, but it’s fun. Here’s how to do it;
- While starting in a downward dog position, extend your right leg and your right foot the corner of your mat
- Gently lower your left leg to the ground and place your hands or forearms close to your right foot
- Next, hold the pose for two minutes while keeping your chest forward
- Make to sure to breathe deeply through the process
- After, repeat the process on your left leg
Like yoga, Pilates focuses on stretching and conditioning your body to provide a cathartic physical and emotional release. Yet if you’re new to Pilates, a great exercise to ease yourself into this practice is toe taps.
- Start by lying on your back
- Next, bend your knees to tabletop
- Then lower one foot down while keeping your other hovering
- After, take a breath while lowering your other leg
- Next, alternate raising and lowering each leg down and back to the starting point
Additionally, if you’re prone to hip pain, follow a few hip pain exercises to increase your mobility.
Developed as part of traditional Chinese medicine, Qigong is a system of exercises that heal the body, mind, and spirit. While focusing on coordinated movements, posture, and breath, it provides several psychological and physical benefits, including a hip-opening release. In fact, the stances help strengthen the hip by energizing the hip flexor and corresponding muscles. It’s a wonderful exercise that will allow you to release physical and emotional pain and feel at peace.
What better way to release tension from your hips than dancing? There isn’t. We checked. Like shaking, dancing helps you let loose, connect within, and release happy hormones that uplift your mood. It’s also a great workout. So, put on your favorite upbeat song and feel the rhythm. Move in any way you feel guided and repeat a positive affirmation like “I am enough” or “My past experiences can’t stop me from loving my life“. If feeling uninspired, why not practice a fun Tik-Tok video?
Remember, scientific evidence supports the relationship between your hips and emotions. And if you experience stress or anxiety often, think about taking up yoga or following a few of these stretches and tips. You might notice a strong therapeutic release when you extend in a lizard pose.
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