Hip Opener

The Hip Opener is an excellent stretch for your buttocks and hamstrings. It provides freedom and a greater range of motion in those areas, which in turn supports the well-being and healthy movement of your hips.

Keep your belly muscles engaged at all times during this exercise.

You need ankle weights for this exercise. When you're ready, follow these steps:

1. Lay on the floor with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor.

2. Place your right ankle on the top of your left knee (see Figure 6-16a).

This is the starting position.

3. Draw your left knee toward your chest (see Figure 6-16b); hold this pose for two or three long, slow breaths.

Hold the underside of your left thigh with both hands to help bring your thigh closer to your chest. Pull your belly in for support.

4. Slowly lower your left foot back to the floor and put your right leg back in the starting position (see Figure 6-16a).

Figure 6-16:

Stretch out your entire lower body, from the hips to the feet.

Figure 6-16:

Stretch out your entire lower body, from the hips to the feet.

Alternating legs after each repetition, repeat this exercise six to eight times with each leg.

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