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Hip Instincts
The hips are often referred to by yoga instructors as the ‘junk drawer’. How do we get rid of that junk?

The mind-body connection is what enables the ancient practice of yoga the foundation upon which to bestow its benefits of calmness and serenity. ‘What happens to the mind also happens to the body and spirit,’ issues yoga
teacher, Donna Raskin, highlighting in essence what yoga, the Sanskrit word for ‘union’, is all about. Yoga acknowledges the ability to hold emotional tension in various areas of the body, however the hips receive special attention as an area associated with emotional burden. Often referred to by yoga instructors as the ‘junk drawer’ or ‘attic’ of the body, our hips are considered a site of storage for emotions which we do not wish to confront and so tuck away into the deepest confines of our being. So physiologically, how can emotional burden be stored in the hips? The link between the hips and instinctual reflexes associated with fear and stress looks to offer an explanation for the storage of suppressed emotion in this area.

Whether to dodge or flee an attack, much rests on the hip muscles being able to perform their function with power
and speed. The site of some of the strongest muscles in the body, in an instant the hips are charged up with excess
energy to maximise the body’s kinetic potential. However, it is rarely the case when subject to the mundane stresses of work and domestic life that we use this energy as nature intended.

Anjaneyasana (Low Lunge)

From downward facing dog, step your right foot between your hands and bring your left knee to the floor. Reach your arms overhead, and keep your hips parallel to the front end of your mat. Draw your left thigh forward and hug both thighs in toward your pelvis. Lift the pit of your belly towards your heart and your heart and your heart towards the sky. Let your shoulders slide down your back and keep the front of your throat relaxed as you lengthen your spine. Stay for 5 breaths. Return to Down Dog, and then do Low Lunges with your left foot forwards.

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