Hip openers are the most requested moves in Yoga and can bring a sense of release to the person. Virtually the whole of what we practise in yoga opens the hips from a up dog to a wheel pose. There are over 20 muscles that cross the hips, adductors, hip flexors and lateral rotators.
In addition to increasing flexibility in the hips, hip openers can also decrease the tension and load on the lower back thus decreasing lower back pain.
True yogic tradition believes the hips store negative feelings and pent up emotions that can control our life’s, it is therefore believed that opening the hips can give us access to new ideas creatively, physically and spiritually.