Get a new perspective on mobility and stress management through stretching and releasing tension in the muscles surrounding the joints known as the hips. From a lifestyle of sitting long hours in offices and cars, our front hip flexors can become chronically tightened. Having tight hip muscles can lead to misalignment of the hips, pelvis, and over arching of the lower back. Fortunately the benefits from "hip opening" yoga poses/asanas can lead to immediate relief of this muscular tension and with practice lead to increased mobility and better posture. Outside of our physical habits, the muscles around the hips are often tight in response to habitual environmental and mental stresses. Through systematic stretching of the hips, you can release this stored stress and calm the mind. Join us to learn and practice hip openers in the context of a Sivananda open class.
After 18 years of teaching and service at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Los Angeles, Swami Sivasankariananda joined staff at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in May 2014. She has served as director of the San Francisco Center since February of 2015. She completed her TTC at the Yoga Farm in 1997 and ATTC there in 2008. She has been on yatra in north and south India and Mount Kailas. She loves to teach and is particularly fond of the Bhakti Yoga practices. She was initiated into sannyas in 2017 and is a certified yoga therapist. She is enrolled in the 800-hour Sivananda Yoga Health Educator Training and a 350-hour Pain Care Mentorship Program.