When I interviewed one of my yoga clients recently about the benefits that she gets from private yoga sessions with me, the first thing she said was: “I am able to walk with ease”. She is 72 and considers her ability to walk essential for her health, energy and peace of mind.
How important walking is to you (and your students)? This is something that we take for granted, until it becomes problematic. Every step we take is a delicate dance between multiple muscle groups, especially between your aBDuctors and aDDuctors. Those muscles stabilize your pelvis when you walk. If they get weak (which is common, since we all sit and drive so much), walking can become painful and balance will falter.
This week we feature a 30-minute yoga practice for strengthening the abductors and adductors to keep the gait stable and pain-free. Keep in mind that this practice might be too strong for you if you already have hip pain, so you will need to cut down on the number of repetitions and the time you hold the poses. Be especially careful with the standing ones. Over time you can build muscle strength and endurance to keep the relationship between your abductors and adductors healthy and strong. Give it a try and let us know what you think!
Yoga practice for abductors and adductors