Yoga Pose of the Week – Focus on the Hips

Our featured yoga pose of the week is butterfly pose. This pose is a great stretch for your hips, which is important for those of us who sit most of the day, or notice a lack mobility when squatting or doing other movements. This pose is quite accessible, the only reason you might not want to try this pose would be if you have a knee injury and cannot bend your knees much.

Directions:

  • Start sitting in a comfortable place (carpet, towel, yoga mat, etc.)
  • Bring the soles of your feet together. Sit up as tall as you can.
  • Allow your knees to fall outwards. Press down on them gently with your hands or elbows for more sensation here.
  • For more intensity, you can lean forward. Try to keep a relatively straight back as you fold forward. Some rounding is okay, but if you start to feel discomfort in your low back, pull away.
  • Stay here and breathe deeply for 1-3 minutes. Come out the same way you got in.

Tips:

  • If you are finding it difficult to sit up tall with your feet together, you can sit up on a block or pillow to allow you a bit more space to sit up.
  • Try to bring your feet closer or further from your body to notice the difference in where you feel tightness/a stretch.
  • If you are dealing with a knee injury and cannot bend your knees much, this might not be the pose for you.

Leave any requests for areas of the body that you’d like to see a pose for!

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Vanessa Kiriakou

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