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Hip opening excercises to get rid of stuck trauma

Hip-opening exercises can be valuable tools in a somatic approach to releasing tension and stored emotions associated with trauma.

Trauma often manifests in the body, and the hips, being a common area for holding stress and emotions, can benefit from targeted practices. It's essential to approach these exercises with mindfulness and awareness, and it may be helpful to consult with a mental health professional or somatic therapist for guidance. Here are some hip-opening exercises that you can consider incorporating into your routine:

  1. Child's Pose (Balasana):

    • Kneel on the mat, bringing your big toes together and knees apart.

    • Extend your arms forward and lower your torso between your thighs.

    • Rest your forehead on the mat, lengthening your spine.

    • Breathe deeply and focus on releasing tension in your hips and lower back.

  1. Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana):

    • From a tabletop position, bring one knee forward toward the wrist on the same side.

    • Extend the opposite leg behind you, keeping the hips square.

    • Lower your torso over the front leg, feeling a deep stretch in the hip and glute.

    • Hold the position, focusing on deep, mindful breaths.

  1. Butterfly Pose (Baddha Konasana):

    • Sit on the floor and bring the soles of your feet together.

    • Hold your feet and allow your knees to drop toward the floor.

    • Gently press your knees down while sitting up tall.

    • Focus on your breath and the sensations in your hips.

  1. Happy Baby Pose (Ananda Balasana):

    • Lie on your back and draw your knees toward your chest.

    • Hold the outer edges of your feet with your hands, bringing your knees toward your armpits.

    • Gently rock from side to side, massaging your lower back and hips.

  1. Supine Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana):

    • Lie on your back and bring the soles of your feet together, allowing your knees to fall outward.

    • Support your knees with blocks or cushions if needed.

    • Relax in this reclined position, focusing on releasing tension in the groin and hips.

  1. Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana):

    • Sit with your legs extended in front of you.

    • Hinge at your hips and reach forward, aiming to touch your toes.

    • Focus on the sensation along your hamstrings and the back of your thighs.

  1. Hip Flexor Stretch:

    • Kneel on one knee with the other foot in front, forming a 90-degree angle.

    • Shift your weight forward, feeling a stretch in the hip flexor of the back leg.

    • Keep your spine straight and engage your core for stability.

  1. Lizard Pose:

    • From a plank position, step one foot forward to the outside of the same-side hand.

    • Lower your hips and explore variations, such as lifting the back knee or sinking deeper into the stretch.

    • Focus on releasing tension in the hip and groin area.

  1. Gentle Hip Circles:

    • Stand with your feet hip-width apart.

    • Circle your hips in one direction and then switch to the other.

    • This simple movement can help release tension and bring awareness to your hip joints.

  1. Water Bowl Meditation:

  • Sit comfortably and imagine your hips as a bowl of water.

  • Visualize the water gently rippling, symbolizing the release of stuck energy and emotions.

  • Combine this with deep breathing to enhance the mind-body connection.

Tips for Practicing:

  • Approach these exercises with mindfulness and a gentle, non-judgmental attitude.

  • Focus on your breath to anchor yourself in the present moment.

  • Listen to your body and modify poses as needed.

  • Consider integrating mindfulness practices, meditation, or guided imagery alongside physical exercises for a holistic approach to healing.

Remember, releasing trauma is a gradual process, and it's important to be patient and compassionate with yourself. If you find that emotions are surfacing during these exercises, allow them to come up without judgment. If you're dealing with significant trauma, seeking support from a mental health professional or trauma-informed yoga instructor can be beneficial on your healing journey.

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