Emotional energy has been surging lately. It has been affecting me more than usual, and after sharing my experience with my friends and loved ones, I quickly realized that I'm not the only one feeling it.
One way to make your physical practice work for you during a particularly emotional time is through a juicy hip-opener (and no, you do not need to be able to put your leg behind your head in order to experience the benefits).
How does a deep hip-opener help us release emotional tension?
First, our hip flexors are connected to our fight-or-flight response. As we react, this area of the body activates. When we release this area, we also release the contraction of our body's physical defense response, leaving us feeling more relaxed and less reactive.
Secondly, the way we approach a hip-opening posture can reflect how we approach other challenges in our lives. These postures cause us to soften, to surrender, to breathe... As you relax into your hip-opener, tension releases and you are provided with a tool to use in your daily life - soften, surrender, breathe.
So if you're feeling ultra-emotional this week (like me), do yourself a favor and ease into a half-pigeon or eye of the needle pose. If you're wondering what the hell those are, feel free to shoot me an email or message and I'll provide detailed instruction to guide your body safely into your new favorite Kleenex - the hip-opener.