Yoga Poses That Can Stretch Your Hip Muscles
Many people do a tremendous amount of sitting throughout the day, often because of work. As a result, many find that the muscles of their hips become limited in flexibility.
Contributor: Certified yoga instructor Patti Kopasakis, PT, DPT, SCS, RYT-200
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Many people do a tremendous amount of sitting throughout the day, often because of work. As a result, many find that the muscles of their hips become limited in flexibility. When muscles are less flexible, they can cause painful or abnormal movements in other regions of the body and impact the way that we move.
The poses below address flexibility in the major muscle groups that surround the hip. These muscle groups assist in preserving the hip joint’s range of motion for activities such as walking, standing and climbing stairs, to name a few.
Try to hold each pose for five to eight breaths. On the one-sided poses, be sure to repeat on the other side!
Note: Poses should be entered into and moved out of slowly to protect muscles and joints. If you are having specific pain that has been ongoing for longer than two weeks or you have a specific injury, it is always best to consult a qualified health care provider, such as a physical therapist, who can develop a plan specific to your needs.