Healing Hip Pain with Yoga
You might know it – that familiar hip ache or pain that puts a new spin on the pop song “Hips don’t lie”. The pain may be felt in the groin, leg or back and calls your attention as you wonder if it is another sign of aging, overdoing it in a workout or something more serious.
There are as many reasons for hip pain as there are approaches to resolving it. Hip joints connect the pelvis and leg bones. No wonder hip health relates to the back, knees, ankles and feet. Yoga postures can hurt or heal. So, what to do?
If you have a regular yoga practice, notice if your hips feel the same, better or worse during the session and up to 48 hours after. Move in a way that does not increase the pain. Try taking a couple weeks off and see how your hips feel.
If you are new to yoga, or are not sure if your practice is helping or hindering your hips, consider a private yoga therapy session. Here, you can find out which muscles are supporting your hips, which muscles are “sleeping”, and which are over-working that should be resting. You won’t need to understand the anatomy but you will learn to listen to your body for the answers. Feeling is healing.
There is no set “prescription” of exercises or postures to heal hip pain. Each body is as unique as the person in it. WIth yoga therapy a customized home program is designed for each individual’s needs and time availability. The program offers the stimulus needed to wake up the sleeping muscles and ease the overworking ones for support, ease and reduced or eliminated pain in the hips.
My own hip pain of the past was a great teacher for me and ignited my passion for yoga therapy. Now, I feel strong and pain free in my hips. Hip, hip hooray!
To book an private appointment, call Gaia. For a group class with a therapeutic awareness, drop in to Gaia on Thursdays at 5:45 or Saturdays at 11:15 a.m.