Do you sit too much during the day? Suffer from stiff hips? Lengthen and strengthen your hip flexors with deep hip openers like Boat Pose and Pigeon.
Take a leap of faith into Hanumanasana or Monkey Pose, named for a figure in Hindu mythology who did just that. And when faith doesn't get you all the way there, practice will.
Eka Pada Rajakapotasana
Eka Pada Rajakapotasana II
Eka Pada Koundinyasana I
Eka Pada Koundinyanasana II
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana
These simple moves will powerfully balance your legs, pelvis, and spine.
The intensity of Virasana can feel as daunting as the hero’s journey in your favorite adventure story. Choose the variation on the pose, ranging from gentle to fiery, to fit the narrative of your personal story on the mat today.
Maintaining flexibility and stability in the hip joints is crucial for lower-back health and cultivating overall freedom and ease in our bodies.
Every yogi can melt hip tension with this Monkey Pose sequence (with mods!) from the yoga teacher, body-positive advocate, and Instagram star.
Balancing forces is particularly crucial when it comes to addressing the feeling of “tightness” many of us have in our hips.
To work on activating the muscles of the hips to find more balance, try this sequence.
Find release through awareness and use of the hips. Try this sweet yoga sequence from Sonima and Dawn Feinberg to go inward and invite new spaciousness into the body and heart.
Whether or not you ever find yourself in the full expression of Monkey Pose, you can still enjoy the journey with these very effective preps from Two Fit Moms.
The yoga splits, or Hanumanasana, are a lifelong journey for many yogis. Fortunately there’s more than one way to skin a Monkey. These four variations of the pose each offer their own value and benefits.
Masumi Goldman reveals the trick to mastering the overhand grip in Dancer and One-Legged King Pigeon Poses is often in (surprise!) the psoas.