Because they can still feel good and yet damage your body, Hip Openers can be unknowingly dangerous when not practice with the approval of your Whole-Body Intelligence via your Postural Mechanism designed to handle your best posture, coordination and balance from an integrated perspective.
Anyone practicing yoga has done poses to open the hip joint sockets. However, do you really need your hip joints stretched out? Do you feel them tight in your daily movements or do you feel they are tight because you can’t do specific yoga poses to your liking?
Do you practice yoga with an idea that the more your joint or muscle are stretched the better? Not necessarily true! With that approach, you are likely to get in trouble sooner or later because you may be killing the natural balance needed in your muscle and joints between necessary tension and flexibility. Watch the video below from an experienced yoga teacher and her experience with this decades into her practice.
CHALLENGE: The thing is that your educated mind can’t assess where the limit is with utmost safety because it relies on what it has been told or on what “feels good”.
1) No teacher knows better than your inner teacher. And the inner teacher I am talking about is your whole-body intelligence, not just your stretch edge or your pain edge that represent only a small portion of your whole-body intelligence.
2) Yoga teachings warn you to not rely on your feelings alone because being subjective, they are not reliable!
3) Your body feelings are also corrupted by the unconscious habits of movements you have developed over time which need to be addressed so you can reclaim more accuracy in your sensory perception on and off the mat.
SOLUTION: Learning to activate your Whole-Body Intelligence by activating your Postural Mechanism is the best way I have found to date to always be guided to express any pose in the appropriate way and the appropriate amount because you approach your body as a coordinated self rather than the sum total of your body parts.
The B.I.A. Process teaches you to do just that. If you are interested in learning more about it, go to: https://offthematyogablog.com/ and sign up to my free email seminar, read my blog posts or sign up for a class or workshop locally or online.