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Yoga for Tight Hips and Knee Injuries
Posted By Gwen Lawrence On June 28, 2012 @ 2:20 pm In Fitness, Yoga | No Comments
If your hips are tight, it makes sense that you increase the likelihood of injuring your knees . Running, jumping, pivoting and acrobatic endzone catches or goal shots put a lot of pressure on the hips.
Let’s stop and think for a moment: If you get hit on the football field, for example, the energy of the body hitting you has to be absorbed somewhere in your body. And if your hips lack suppleness and don’t give in to this energy at all, then the energy will go to the point of least resistance — the very vulnerable knee joint.
A flexible hip  will not always avoid a devastating knee injury, but it will help a lot! So let’s talk about keeping the hips open and a safe for long life for your knees.
The yoga poses I recommend  below will:
Tight thigh, hip and calf muscles are possible causes of overuse knee injuries. We want to open the hips and release an essentially locked-in pelvis to relieve the knee. Aside from protecting the knee, having open hips will free up your stride  and improve your form for more efficient movement on the field, court or mat. Also, let’s remember the formula for power yoga for sports: strength + flexibility = power. So strengthen these muscles of the hips , too.
Finally, here’s a helpful mantra I always tell my players: Sports create imbalances in the body because they are one-side dominant, so it is your job as an athlete to tune in and address your imbalances every day!
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Family-Hip-Stretch.jpg
 knees: http://life.gaiam.com/article/best-cardio-exercises-bad-knees
 flexible hip: http://life.gaiam.com/article/top-4-ball-exercises-your-workout
 yoga poses I recommend: http://www.gaiamtv.com/tv/fit-body-yoga#play/6968?chan=GaiamLife&utm_source=GaiamLife&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=10day
 avoid medial (MCL) strain: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/top-10-sports-related-injuries-and-yoga-poses-to-avoid-them/
 stride: http://life.gaiam.com/article/walk-way
 strengthen these muscles of the hips: http://www.gaiamtv.com/tv/mari-winsors-lower-body-pilates?c=workouts-for-thighs#show/16304?chan=GaiamLife&utm_source=GaiamLife&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=10day
 Pigeon Pose: http://www.gaiamtv.com/blog/hey-runners-try-yoga-video?chan=GaiamLife&utm_source=GaiamLife&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=10day
 Frog Pose: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/yoga-your-way-into-the-best-bikini-body/
 Hero Pose: http://life.gaiam.com/article/do-you-have-sit-cross-legged-meditate
 Reclining Hand-to-Toe Pos: http://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/3122?print=1
 Standing Forward Bend against the wall: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/top-6-yoga-poses-for-back-pain-slideshow/
 Bow Pose: http://www.gaiamtv.com/video/thoughtflow-upward-facing-bow-pose?chan=GaiamLife&utm_source=GaiamLife&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=10day
 Squat: http://ht.ly/bSbXY
 Cobbler’s Pose: http://life.gaiam.com/video/cobblers-pose-how-and-benefits-practical-power-yoga-dvd
 Double Pigeon: http://www.fitsugar.com/Strike-Yoga-Pose-Double-Pigeon-253780/
 Standing Forward Bend: http://www.gaiamtv.com/tv/gaiam-yoga-fundamentals-standing-poses?chan=GaiamLife&utm_source=GaiamLife&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=10day
 yoga with Gwen Lawrence: http://www.gaiamtv.com/search/node/gwen%20lawrence?chan=GaiamLife&utm_source=GaiamLife&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=10day
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