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Running Recovery Yin Practice

After a little bit of coasting (and a little end-of-semester barely working out at all), we’re ramping up our running again. Which means my legs and hips are talking to me again. Specifically, they are saying, “But weren’t we strong

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Chair Pigeon: I Think I’ve Done This Before

But maybe not. Either way, I want to look at a chair variation of pigeon. This is useful for times when the traditional variation — where the hips have to support the weight of the torso against gravity — is

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Pigeon Variants: Functional Pigeon

I’m about to deviate from the hip series yet again. I know, I know. But I really do think pigeon is a sufficiently involved posture to merit some further exploration. As a starting point, I keep going back to Yoga

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Found It!

From here, regarding the lengthening of the lateral rotator muscles in a pose where the front leg is laterally rotated. I have found the answer, at least as it relates to the piriformis. Because the other deep rotator muscles have

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Hip Yoga: Let’s Talk about Pigeon

I’m well aware that I’ve talked about pigeon before, but as it’s pretty much the pose associated with external hip rotation — which is an overly simplistic view of asana — I figured it couldn’t hurt to talk about pigeon

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Hip Yoga: Let’s Talk About Angles

Specifically, side angle. It’s a pose I’ve been loving lately, and not in a “love to hate” kind of way. Conveniently enough, it is also a pose that works the external hip rotators — particularly for folks whose front knee

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Rotator Stretch for Tight Hips

You remember, like, a month ago when I last talked about the hip anatomy series, right? Right? Well, erm, if you need a minute to refresh your memory, I cannot say that I blame you. It’s been a while. Part

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I Hate My Hips

In case you read my blog and are not aware, I have endometriosis. (Yeah, that’s what that MenstroMonster tag is doing in the sidebar.) In case you are also not aware, March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. In light of that,

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Hip Anatomy: External Rotation

I have not really forgotten about the hip series. Okay, I may have really forgotten about the hip series. Or at least pushed it to the back burner. But I’m back and am ready to talk about the external hip

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Goddess Squat

Which is simultaneously a hip yoga pose, an adductor stretcher, and a pose I love to hate. It may also be a pose that works the adductor muscles eccentrically. I would check that, but my copy of Yoga Anatomy is

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Eagle Pose, Chair Edition

The last installment of the hip series looked at eagle pose. There were a few variations for arm and leg positions. However, all of those positions assumed a standing pose, which is not ideal for everyone. I hesitated to include

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Hip Yoga: Eagle

In the last hip yoga post, I detailed a reclined stretching pose. For the next few posts of the series, I’m going to look at postures that contract and strengthen the hip adductors. (As someone with tight complementary muscles —

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Adductor Stretching, Side Lying

I have a feeling that I’m going to get into some fairly intense vigorous standing poses while discussing the hip adductors, so I wanted to start this segment with something a bit more restful. Anantasana, side reclining leg lift, does

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Done with Abduction, on to Adduction

Last time I did an anatomy post, it was to check out the hip abductors, the muscles on the outside of the hip, whose job it is to pull the hip and thigh outward away from the midline of the

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Everyday Yoga: Chair Pose Pics

Purpose, in brief: Everyday Yoga is a project designed to show how a wider variety of bodies look in various yoga poses. The cover of Yoga Journal is spectacular, yes, but it’s not the only way to do yoga. Picture

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Everyday Yoga: Lunges, Multiple Flavors

Ha. So I totally left both the post-compiling and my own picture-taking until the last minute. And it’s not even the real “holiday rush” yet. Go me! Anyway, for folks new to this, please check out the Everyday Yoga page

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Hip Yoga: One More Abductor Stretch

I was ambivalent about tackling ardha matsyendrasana, not only because it’s a pose I love to hate, but also because I think the main reason it is such a pose is because it’s not so accessible to me on account

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Hip Yoga: Abductor Work, Sitting Down

So we’ve done some hip abductor strengthening that, maybe ideally, involves standing and balancing — but can also involve swaying, toppling over, and/or hopping around. In case there are others like me who avoid standing balances like the plague, seated

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Hip Yoga: I avoid standing balances like the plague.

But today I am going to look at tree pose. Because, as I learned when researching hip abductor anatomy, the gluteus minimus, gluteus medius, and tensor fasciae latae are also active and working when the body is standing on one

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Hip Yoga: Supine Abductor Stretching

So. Having looked at the anatomy of some main hip abductor muscles, now is the time when it makes sense to detail some gentler abductor stretches — ones that would be suitable for lots of people to include toward the

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