Try this energetic four-pose sequence three times on each side to warm up and protect your hips before you head to the barre.
Barre classes are a great way to tone and strengthen, head to toe. Those many reps of micro-movements at the ballet barre offer an intense challenge for your feet, calves, thighs, hips, butt, and abs. But the commonly used turned-out position (heels close together, toes pointed out) may also cause undue stress to joints like your knees and the sacroiliac joint that connects the low back to the hips—especially if your turnout is greater at the feet than the hips. Practicing yoga poses that encourage external rotation of the hips before barre will warm up tissues and joints and protect these vulnerable areas so you can plié and leg-lift safely. Try this energetic four-pose sequence three times on each side before you head to the barre.