Aging well requires a balance of strength, flexibility and power. This quick practice hits all the marks and focuses on the big muscles of the lower body as well as the shoulders. Each exercise is intended to improve your balance as well.
We hear all the time in Yoga about Hip Opening. It makes sense, if you want to increase hip range of motion you should stretch your hips… right? If I’ve learned anything over the last several years of dedicating my teaching to evidence based practice, it’s that the things that seem the most “truish” should be the first to endure scrutiny.
Guess what? Your core is super smart. I mean, it holds you up, keeps you steady and balanced, allows for breathing and all sorts of positions. It’s brilliant! I truly believe that core “strength” is overrated.
This is a quick strength and mobility practice that you will really feel in your core and hips. Strong hips are not stiff or tight! Research shows that strength training is actually BETTER at improving stiffness than stretching alone.
This is a mobility drill with a somatic twist (no pun intended). This is a really popular assignment with my clients as it just feels great to wring everything out. It’s a nice stretch for the lateral hip as well.