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Day 4: Intermediate

Hip Openers with Rebecca Urban

Got stiff hips? Join the club. Tight hip muscles are a virtual epidemic in our modern world. The causes are as varied as cubicle life and competitive sports. Even carrying a wallet in the same back pocket day after day, year after year, can contribute to hip problems.

Yoga comes to the rescue in the form of hip openers, poses that stretch the muscles of the hips and thighs, increasing range of motion. Hip openers can improve your alignment in other poses, ease back and knee pain, and even change your gait for the better. The physical effects aren't all. Many people store stress and negative emotions in the pelvic area, and a hip-opening practice can help. Untying those emotional knots can be unpleasant or overwhelming, but the benefits are immeasurable. Whether this practice presents a physical or emotional challenge, let the breath be your lifeline. Calm the breath, and the body and mind will follow.

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Challenge Tip

One of the great perks of practicing at home is that you can spend as much time as you like in a posture. So don't hesitate to press the pause button and linger in a hip opener. As the seconds tick by, you'll likely notice new sensations, discover ways to create more space in your body, and surrender more deeply into the pose.

Today's Recipe: Chewy Granola Bars

Perfect for a pre-practice snack, these granola bars will stay fresh and chewy for days.

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