Low Lunge is my favourite pose for releasing tension in tight hip flexors. You can practice it with both hands on the mat on either side of your front foot, in Crescent Lunge with your arms up by your ears or add a Sidebend to increase the intensity of the pose.
In this pose as in all static poses, I find it more helpful to think of “releasing tension” rather than “stretching” the muscle. Try to relax as much as you can and use your breath—extending your exhalations—to release the muscle.
- I have a lot of flexibility in my hips so my back knee is pretty far back but you can bring it forward if that is more comfortable. It is important, however, that you don’t bring your front knee forward over your ankle.
- If you have a tendency to curve inward at your lower back as I do, draw your lower abs and ribs in to protect your lower back.
DOWNSTREAM EFFECTS FROM TIGHT HIP FLEXORS
- Lower back pain.
- Hamstring strain.
- All athletes
WHEN YOU FIND 15 MINUTES
Which other poses do you find most effective for releasing tight hip flexors?