Many of us want a beautiful face, but how many of us know that our body parts such as our hips are also valuable assets of our appearance? Hence, while you take a lot of care to uplift your countenance, you can also devote some time to develop enviable bottoms.
No, you don’t have to go for the expensive Botox or hip surgeries for complimentable hips! All you have to do is to perform a set of yoga exercises to obtain shapely hips.
Yoga Exercises for Hips
Ushtrasana (Camel Pose)
Ushtrasana is a backward stretching yoga pose that involves toning up the hip muscles. To perform this asana, sit on your knees with your upper body erect, and your ankles apart from each other, by at least one foot.
Bend your body backwards and try to hold your ankles with your hands. Tilt your head upwards while stretching your neck. This exercise, originally meant for stretching and relaxing your neck and spine, tones your hip muscles, thus making your hips shapely.
Ardhamatsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fish Pose)
Ardhamatsyendrasana is a seated yoga twist that not only stretches your spine, but also your gluteal muscles. To perform this asana, start by sitting cross-legged. Now, raise your right leg and place it over your left leg, so that your right knee rests directly on top of your left knee. Now, twist your left hand over your right leg and try to hold the right little toe with your left hand.
If you are not able to do so, hold your right shank at any point that is convenient for you. While working with your left hand, twist your torso and head towards the right. Remain in this position for 30 seconds. Return to the resting position and repeat the exercise on the other side.
Ardhachandrasana (Half Moon Pose)
In India.Chandra means moon and this asana makes the practitioner resemble a half moon while performing it. This sideways bending standing pose tones up the muscles of the legs, thighs and hips. Stand with your legs a couple of feet apart.
Now, turn towards your right side and bend down with your knees slightly bent, and touch the floor. Now, slowly raise your left leg till it is horizontal. While doing so, lift up your left hand and look upwards. Remain in this position for about 30 seconds and repeat this exercise. This exercise teaches you to learn to balance your body better.
Veearasana (Warrior Pose)
Veerasana is an elegant standing pose that makes you look like a valiant warrior in battle, while performing it. It stretches the muscles of your hips, thighs and lower back, thus toning them. To perform this asana, stand with your legs apart and stretch out both arms.
Now, bend down a little, and bend your right knee while keeping your left leg stretched and straight. Turn your face towards your right. Remain in this position for about 30 seconds. Return to the resting pose and repeat the exercise.
Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Pigeon Pose)
Eka Pada Rajakapotasana is a sitting yoga hip opener pose. It widely stretches the hips, thus toning the gluteal muscles well. To perform this asana, start with the Table Top yoga pose by resting your body on all your fours. Now stretch your left leg backwards till you sit on your ankles.
Your right leg will be bent at the knee with your thighs resting tightly on your shank. Stretch your neck upwards and point your gaze on the ceiling. This pose makes the practitioner assume a shape that resembles a pigeon. Remain in this pose for 30 seconds. Return to the resting position and repeat the exercise.
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