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Free your hips, free your life !

If you’ve ever been to a yoga class, you've probably heard that emotions are stored in the hips. But what does that mean, and why is it that hips seem to be the storage vessel for pent-up emotions and unreleased trauma?

A bit of anatomy

Due to our excessive sitting in Western cultures (as opposed to adopting regular squatting positions like in Eastern and indigenous cultures), it is common for us to have tight hips. The hip joint functions as one of the most important joints in the human body. Our hips act as the crossroads between our upper and lower body. They bear our body's weight, are key for stabilising our core, as well as for our mobility. Anatomically speaking, the pelvis is full of our creative, reproductive organs and contains the centrally located psoas muscle which connects the upper and lower body (the breath and diaphragm to the legs) making the core of our body important both physically and emotionally.

Our stress response Nestled into the psoas are the kidneys, responsible for filtering toxins in the body, as well as the adrenal glands, which control the fight, flight, or freeze response. This is your body’s natural reaction to perceived danger. When you’re under any kind of mental or emotional stress, your psoas muscle responds by tightening. When we’re angry, stressed, threatened, scared or even surprised, we often – unconsciously – mobilise our hips to take flight (run away) or fight, or we bend forward and raise our knees to protect our core. When children are sad or frustrated, they often curl up into a ball and cry. Activating the hip flexors to get foetal is an inherent reflex action. The thing is, even after the stress is gone, the tension may still linger in the body and hip area, contributing to things like headaches and lower back pain. Your body, your subconscious mind Your body is your subconscious mind, and the physical body can change depending on what you’re feeling.

Have you heard of the book “Heal your Wounds and find your true self” by Lise Bourbeau? In this book she demonstrates that all problems of a physical, emotional or mental order come from five important sources of hurt: rejection, abandonment, humiliation, betrayal and injustice. In order to cope with these wounds, we put on what she calls “masks” and these masks play a role in our body’s shape.

So according to Lise, our physical appearance, the shape of our bodies, our posture, our body weight… mirror what is going on deep within us, subconsciously. The Mind-Body Connection This is where the fascinating world of the mind-body connection kicks in, with all the benefits related to mind-body practices such as yoga, pilates and meditation, which I do my best to bring to you :) So this week’s video is all about keeping our hips healthy and happy ! Enjoy 🤎


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