4 Yoga Poses to Strengthen the Hips

Hey, I hope you had a great weekend.

I spent my weekend at a conference in San Diego. One of the best things to do here is walk around the harbor. Look at this amazing view…

Today, I will share a few yoga poses that will help strengthen your hips.

Enjoy!

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I wanted to show you a few hip strengthening yoga exercises.

Hip Strengthening Yoga Exercises That Work

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I had Jenna demonstrate the exercises.

#1 – Forward Lunge

Begin in an upright standing position, maintaining good posture and alignment of the head, shoulders and hips. Take a big step forward with one leg and lower your other knee to the ground into the 90-90 position. Push back up and return to the starting position. Repeat the movements on the opposite leg.

Forward Lunge

Perform 1 set of 5 reps on each side, alternating legs back and forth. Keep the motions in smooth controlled movements with a quick stop at the end positions. The intensity can be light to moderate, depending on the strength in your knees and hips. The purpose of this exercise is to strengthen the muscles around the hips and knees.

#2 – Side Lunge with Knee Up

Begin in an upright standing position, maintaining good posture and alignment of the head, shoulder and hips. Place your arms close to your chest. Take a big side step with one leg. Stack the foot, knee and hip in alignment and bend through your knee and hips. Push yourself back to the starting position and bring your knee up.

Side Lunge with Knee Up

Perform 1 set of 5 reps on each side in a smooth controlled movement, with a quick stop on the end position of the side lunge. The intensity can be light to moderate, depending on how strong you are in the hips. The purpose of this exercise is to strengthen the hips. This will also improve ankle mobility and knee strength, which can help to strengthen the hips.

#3 – Warrior Dead Lift

For this exercise, you can use dumbbells. If it’s too much for you, you can do this exercise without any weight.

Begin in an upright standing position with your weight on one leg. Bend through the hip as you bring your other leg back. Maintain a good alignment of the upper body and the back leg parallel to the floor. Slowly move back to the starting position. Utilize your hips and glutes for the movement.

Warrior Dead Lift

Perform 1 set of 5 reps on each side in a smooth controlled movement, with a good contraction of the glutes and hamstring to lift out of the bottom or end position. The intensity can be light to moderate, depending on your hip strength. The purpose of this exercise is to target and strengthen the hips, especially the gluteus maximus and the hamstrings.

#4 – Full Body Openers

Stand tall with your legs hip width apart. Bend your hips, knees and ankles as you get into a squatting position. Keep your upper body straight and return to the standing position. Straighten out your ankles, hips and knees and then slowly bring your arms overhead, slightly arching your lower back.

Full Body Openers

Perform 1 set of 5 reps in a smooth controlled movement, with a good stop at the bottom and top positions. The intensity is light. The purpose of this exercise is to target all the muscles that help in strengthening the knees and hips and loosening up the ankles.

Give these four exercises a go and help develop overall hip strength.

If you want to improve the activation, endurance and strength in your Gluteus Maximus, then click here to check out the Best Gluteus Maximus Exercises program.

Take care!

Rick Kaselj, MS