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corrynk

New To Yoga, Hips Super Tight

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I just jumped in to doing more yoga, and I have noticed that my hips are really tight (mainly front of hips so the hips flexors I assume). Even when I am sitting crossed legged I can tell that there is a strain in my hips when I try to sit up straight. Also, when standing and lifting one leg I try to use my core but I can tell I mainly use my hips flexors. Also every core work I do I notice that I use my hips flexors, which I think makes them very tight. It has only been 3 days into the 30 day strength routine so I know I need to gain my strength especially in my core, but will my hip flexors eventually get stronger? Sitting up straight is such a strain for me with my legs crossed, bent in front, and straight in front, etc. Has anyone else had this issue, or have any advice? Thanks! 

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Sitting up tall with the legs crossed can be super challenging. There's a lot going on, too. Besides tight hips, it's a lot for the core, can put some strain on the low back, requires a decent about of chest openness to keep the shoulders from rounding, etc. To answer your question - with consistent practice, your hip flexors (and other parts needed for sitting up w legs crossed) will not only get stronger but improve flexibility). Until then, try sitting on a rolled thick blanket or on the edge of a yoga block. When you do this, it'll help tilt the pelvis slightly forward (see this post). You can also give the legs some relief by placing a yoga block or even a thick rolled blanket under each leg as shown here (5th pic down). Hope that helps! 

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Thank you so much Candace, I will definitely try these techniques! I am on Day 8 of the 31 day strength series and have already soon improvements in my hips. I will continue practicing and be patient. Love your site. 

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