Stretch your hips with these yoga moves, your lower back will thank you for it.

Our spines are under a whole lot of pressure, but releasing tension in the hips with these poses, created by yoga instructor Valerie Saindorn, will improve your range of motion. “We spend a considerable amount of time sitting on a chair in our day-to-day life, which has the effect of tightening our hips,” says Valerie. “Much discomfort can result from spending too much time sitting down, such as lower back strain, tight hamstrings, incapacity to sit cross-legged, rounding of the upper body and knee pain.”

WARRIOR 2

This is a strong and powerful pose to strengthen your legs and upper body.  “It also gives your hips a good stretch  as well activating your abs,” says Valerie. “Hold this pose for a few deep breaths to feel more energised and increase your concentration.”

REVERSE WARRIOR

Reverse warrior gives your hips, groin, side of the body and arm a deep stretch and release. “This pose also helps with balance and stability,” says Valerie. 

EXTENDED SIDE ANGLE

Side angle stretches your lower body (your ankle, legs, knees, hips and groin) and your upper body (the side of the body, spine and arm). “It also helps develop lower body strength and endurance,” says Valerie.