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HIP OPENERS

There are 3 different types of hip openers—hip flexor and quad stretches, groin and adductor stretches and outer hip, TFL and glutes stretches. You should aim to incorporate all three types into your training program. You will find a number of hip-opening sequences in the Flexibility series.

HIP FLEXOR STRETCHES

Bridge can help to alleviate lower back pain.
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Bridge

Bridge is a key postural counterpose that activates the posterior chain and can help to alleviate knee, lower and upper back pain.

Camel is an advanced yoga backbend.
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Camel

Camel is an advanced backbend that improves spine and shoulder mobility, stretches the hip flexors, abs and chest and activates the glutes.

High Lunge opens up the hips and can help to alleviate lower back pain.
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High Lunge

High Lunge stretches the ankles, calves, hamstrings and hip flexors, strengthens the hips and can help to alleviate knee and lower back pain.

Lizard pose opens up the hips and can help to alleviate lower back pain.
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Lizard

Lizard pose is a key hip opener that stretches the hip flexors, hamstrings, glutes and groin and can help to alleviate lower back pain.

Low Lunge stretches the hip flexors.
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Low Lunge

Low Lunge is crucial for athletes, to stretch the hip flexors and act as a postural counterpose. Practice this pose after every workout.

Wheel is an advanced backbend.
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Wheel

Wheel is an advanced backbend that stretches the front of the body and strengthens the posterior chain. Please be careful in this pose.

GROIN AND ADDUCTOR STRETCHES

Easy Seat is a great posture for meditation and breathing techniques.
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Easy Seat

Sitting cross-legged (Easy Seat) opens up the hips, stretches the ankles, knees, hamstrings and groin and improves posture.

Side Lunge stretches the groin, calves and hamstrings.
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Side Lunge

Side Lunge is a great pose for athletes to stretch the groin, calves and hamstrings, loosen up the hips and increase foot and ankle mobility.

Silver Surfer opens up the hips and shoulders.
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Silver Surfer

Silver Surfer is a great pose to open up and strengthen the hips, stretch the backs of the legs and open up the chest and shoulders.

Warrior 1 is a classic yoga pose and groin stretch.
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Warrior 1

Warrior 1 is a classic hip opener that stretches the ankles, calves, hamstrings, groin and shoulders and strengthens the quads and hips.

Warrior 2 is a classic standing pose that opens up the hips.
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Warrior 2

Warrior 2 is a classic yoga pose that opens up and strengthens the hips and stretches the ankles, calves, hamstrings and groin.

Yoga Squat opens up the hips.
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Yoga Squat

Yoga Squat is a great hip opener that stretches the groin and glutes and builds strength and flexibility in the feet and ankles.

GLUTES AND PIRIFORMIS STRETCHES

Dead Pigeon is an all-star pose for athletes.
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Dead Pigeon

Dead Pigeon or Figure Four stretches the glutes, TFL, piriformis and external hip rotators and can help to alleviate lower back pain.

Yoga Squat opens up the hips.
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Yoga Squat

Yoga Squat is a great hip opener that stretches the groin and glutes and builds strength and flexibility in the feet and ankles.