Hip openers are some of the most requested asanas in yoga classes. They bring release in areas that are tight, and bring a sense of release to nearly all yoga practitioners. What most new yoga students don't realize is that virtually any movement that stretches the hip flexors can be called a "hip opener" because there are over 20 muscles that cross the hip, including the group of inner thigh muscles called abductors, the hip flexors in front, deep lateral rotators in back, and more. This fundamentally means that virtually all yoga poses are "hip openers".
Why do hip openers matter? Yogic traditions hold that our hips hold the key to control over our lives, especially when it comes to emotions, sex and spirituality. Physically, tight hips can cause difficulty ranging from something as simple as stress picking up an item on the floor to something as fundamental as having sex with pelvic thrusts. Do I have your attention yet?
Practicing hip openers can cause waves of emotion, and they can also cause our bodies to experience and crave an enormous wave of sensuality and sexuality.
This brings me to the Mermaid Pose, which is an advanced version of Pigeon Pose with many benefits:
- It strengthens the core and pelvic floor
- It stretches the lower back, hip flexors and quad muscles
- It opens the chest and shoulders
- It challenges balance