Yoga Poses & Adaptations for Hip Health and Hip Issues

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we view numerous poses from the lens of hip health and supporting students who are experiencing hip issues.


Be aware of specific asana considerations for hip health and supporting students who are experiencing hip issues.


Explain the reason for students with hip issues to be cautious with twists and why using the cue, “hug the midline” may not be appropriate for students with hip issues. Describe the purpose you might select Anjaneyasana and a point of emphasis for stretching quads and hip flexors. Provide hip-related intentions and considerations for each of the following standing poses: Virabhadrasana II, Utthita Parsvakonasana, Virabhadrasana I, Prasarita Padottanasana, Parsvottanasana, Vrksasana, Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana, and Parivrtta Trikonasana. Provide intentions and considerations for Malasana, Setu Bandhasana, Supta Padangusthasana and Gomukhasana. List seated pose considerations for stretching external rotators and explain how propped variations of Virasana may support hip health.

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