I’m not gonna lie, very few people like stretching their hip flexors, yet it’s commonly requested in my classes. This is likely because of our increased time spent sitting in chairs.
Spending hours a day sitting in chairs can cause, over time, a whole host of problems, the least of which can be back pain. For more on sitting and its problems and some solutions, you can read more here.
It’s not just sitting that tightens up the hip flexors, a lot of our sports and pastimes (like biking, running, and hiking) can also have an effect.
So, taking a few minutes a day to do a lunge on each side can be an effective way to keep our mobility and support back health.
It’s important to back away slightly from the strongest sensation you can bare here. Going to your maximum is not necessary for this pose to be effective. Only come forward to a degree that you feel sensation but can perhaps still smile.
Also not shown in the video, please feel free to use blocks under your hands to give you more space in the pose. That will be more comfortable for many of us (myself included). You can also walk the front leg out to the side a little and bring your hands inside the front leg (my favorite way to practice).
In the video below, I’ll walk you through basic lunges.
If you know someone with tight hips, please share this post with them.
Here’s to happy hips,