Running Essentials Thursday: An Amazing Hip Opening Stretch (& it’s not pigeon pose)
If you’re like me you’ve experienced being the only person in a yoga or barre class that doesn’t have the flexibility to do a specific exercise or sit in a particular yoga pose. In those moments I often am filled with the urge to shout “I’M A RUNNER! MY LEGS DON’T DO THAT!” And I have actually whispered those words to an instructor a time or two.
The source of my inflexibility are my hips. I remember when I first discovered pigeon pose. It changed my life. That’s how I feel about the dynamic hip stretch I learned from using Jill Miller’s Post Athletic Stretch Routine DVD. While I may never be able to do the full stretch as shown in the video below, the modified version I’ve adapted helps to open up my hips and relieve tension.
Try this stretch after your next long run and tell me what you think.
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