Lesson 73 – Qigong For Groin Flexibility and Hip Opening (Replay of Live Qigong Class)
This video shows you some simple Qigong for groin flexibility and hip opening to soften the inner thigh muscles, help stabilise the pelvis and align the spine in addition to releasing any emotions stored in this area of the body. It was taught by myself, Dr. Janice Tucker, the founder of the Space To Relax Programme of Qigong video lessons.
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Qigong For Groin Flexibility and Hip Opening – Introduction
The inner thigh and groin area is important because:
- The muscles in this area bring the leg in towards the centre of the body, influencing pelvic positioning and spinal alignment.
- In both Traditional Chinese Medicine and neuroscience our emotions can easily become stored in the hips.
The two positions you will learn in the video on this page will help to:
- Increase the flexibility of both your inner thigh muscles and your lower back.
- Release any pent up emotions which may be stored in you hips.
When we perform any stretch in Qigong remember that the breath and the mind are equally as important as the physical stretch itself. Therefore it is neither important nor necessary to stretch beyond what you are capable of in order to avoid pulling the inner thigh muscles. Even if you are very inflexible, you can still practice Qigong by using your mind and breath! 😁
Qigong For Groin Flexibility and Hip Opening – Method
- Butterfly pose (Baddha Konasana in yoga). Sit up straight on a firm blanket, yoga bolster or block. Bring the soles of yoru feet together, allowing the knees to drop out to the sides. Carefully ease into this pose for 5-10 seconds using the mind and breath to relax and expand the inner thigh muscles with each exhalation.
Use the hands on the outside of the knees to push the knees gently back together when you are finished. Stretch the legs out in front of you and give them a shake to ease out any stiffness in your knees. Repeat 3-5 times.
Adaptation: Use cushions or rolled up blankets under the knees to support them.
- Seated Adductor Stretch. From a seated postion on a bolster or firm blanket extent your legs to the side. The toes are pulled back towards your body and face up to the ceiling so that you feel a stretch down the back of the knees and legs. This may be sufficient to create a lovely stretch along the inner thighs.
If you wish to increase the stretch, hinge forwards from the hips and place your finger tips on the floor in front of you. You should feel no pain! Use the mind and breath to relax and expand the inner thigh and groin area.
To come out of this stretch carefully push yourself back up to sitting using your hands then use them to draw the knees and legs around in front of you to finish.
- Consolidate your practice with a few abdominal breaths.
Additional Video Resources
You’ll find many other live lesson replays on my blog page. Take a look at some of them to find methods that you can easily combine with this one. You can use the search box on the blog page to find any topics you are interested in.
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