Thursday, July 26, 2012

What do we store in our hips (aside from the obvious)?

I’ve alluded, in other posts, to my tendency toward tears during yoga classes.  This kind of thing tends to happen toward the end of class during some of the deeper hip stretches, like Uphavista Konasana, Supine Twists, or of course, Pigeon.  What is it about these poses?  Why does a release in the hip muscles so often provoke a release of emotion?

Usually when we talk about muscle memory, we are referring to the patterns that become ingrained in the body through continuous use and activity…but some yogis believe that we store memories, emotions, and even past traumas in our muscles as well.  They say that by releasing the muscles in and around the hips and pelvis (say, in a yoga practice), we can bring on emotional and spiritual break-throughs.  Maybe you buy it, maybe you don’t, but whether you’re a super-active runner or a semi-sedentary desk-jockey, chances are your hips could use some relief and release.

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