Heavy breathing, gentle pulsation, and surrender.
I couldn’t help myself. Yoga is sexy.
The trick to opening the hips, hamstrings, inner thighs, and quads is diligent deep work. This means breathing steady and deep, through overwhelming intensity, and staying alert to the requests and information the body is offering.
Asana Practice: If you have a part of your body that is persistently tight, set an intention to open it every day. I recommend choosing a part of the body to open each month and remaining steadfast in your determination for that period of time.
This last month has been dedicated to the inner thighs, last month was the psoas. Simple repetition can yield results, but repetition has the added benefit of educating the participant.
I naturally change-up my practice and incorporate new things each day. By setting an intention to open up a particular body part for a month, I experiment with different sequences in order to learn how this body part operates. You learn how your body operates and begin to open the Pandora’s box that is the body.
Make a list of the movements and body parts that feel limited in your practice. Then, set goals for opening each one of them over the course of the year. You will be amazed at how opening the hamstrings one month informs you how to open the side body the next, or how opening the psoas can teach you about the inner thighs. Enjoy the adventure and discovery that can be present without ever leaving your yoga mat.
Lesson Learned: Focus on one part of the body, or one action, for an entire month, and experience a new awareness and depth to your practice. The deeper your breath and dedication to your intention, the more intimacy you will begin to experience with yourself. There is nothing sexier than basking in the depths of your inner being.