Encyclopedia of Hip Stretches: Frog Pose

This stretch is both amazing and challenging. It opens the hips and literally looks like frog legs. Because this is a more difficult hip stretch, caution is advised in entering and exiting the stretch. To get into frog pose, you will first need a yoga mat. Start in table pose on all fours. One at a time move a knee to the side, in line with the hip. When you have both knees out away from the center, check the angle of the bend in your knee. Adjust the angle to 90 degrees. Then come down on your forearms.

To adjust the difficulty of this stretch you can widen your knees. You can hold this position for one minute and work up to holding it for longer times. To exit this pose, crawl your arms forward until you are laying on the ground, then bring your knees in. This will avoid putting unnecessary strain on your groin muscles.

Variations:

Health Benefits:

  • Prevent Diabetes
  • Improve Digestive System
  • Relieve Anxiety and Stress
  • Strengthen Hips, Back, Knees, and Ankles
  • Reduce Fat from Belly, Hips, and Abdomen
  • Enhance Kidney and Liver Function
  • Treatment for Menstrual Cramps

Contraindications:

  • Pregnant Women
  • Ulcers, specifically Peptic Ulcers
  • Abdomen Post-Op (even if it has been several years, caution is advised
  • Severe Migraines
  • Full Stomach
  • Severe Back Pain

References

https://www.rishikulyogshala.org/top-7-health-benefits-of-mandukasana-frog-pose/

https://www.tummee.com/yoga-poses/mandukasana/contraindications

Encyclopedia of Hip Stretches: Psychological/Metaphysical Connections

What does this mean?

If you have ever read Louise Hay or studied the yoga postures, you probably came across the idea that we hold emotions and belief patterns in different areas of the body. It is believed that specific areas of tension mean certain things. I believe this is true in a very generalized sense. Every person’s story is a bit different, but on the whole human emotions occur on a similar spectrum. In this blog we are going to review the spectrum of emotions that can get caught in the hips.

Louise Hay is a huge person in understanding the metaphysical connections to the body. In her book “You can Heal your Life” she goes through the entire body to show you both the possible causes and the affirmations to heal certain emotional states. She believed that Illness however mild or severe is an indicator of your emotional state, caused by your thoughts and focus.

For Louise the Hip is about carrying the body in perfect balance. They are the major thrust in moving forward. If you have hip pain you may have a fear of going forward with major decisions or feel like you have nothing to move forward to.

Affirmations: 

I am in perfect balance. I move forward in life with ease and with joy at every age.

What do affirmations really do?

Affirmations are a way to reprogram your mind. Whatever you focus on in life will grow. These phrases focus your mind to allow the feeling of “being in perfect balance” to grow in your life. 

As a hypothetical example, if you wake up every morning with hip pain and also think “There’s really no point in getting up because nothing I do ever matters.” That is going to impede your desire to move forward. If you take the time to meditate on the above phrase and ask these questions: Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind? Does this improve the silence? If you answered no to any of these questions, it’s time to take control of your inner voice and focus it into a new direction. You probably wouldn’t say something like that to your friend so why would you say it to yourself?

You can take control of your thoughts and your outlook on life by focusing on positive phrases. 

Our Spiritual Nutrition

One of my favorite quick reference metaphysical online resources is “Our Spiritual Nutrition”. It a comprehensive collection of psychological connections and metaphysical explanations for aches, pains, diseases, and mental health disorders. The only downside to this site is the lack of positive affirmations as remedies to the dis-ease, but if you take a few extra moments when reading you can create your own positive affirmations.

Here’s what Our Spiritual Nutrition Says about the hips:

Represent our comfort (or lack thereof) with letting go of the past
Issues that can arise:
Arthritis – Inability to move forward for fear of leaving someone or something behind. Unable or unwilling to release an out-dated belief system. Can be a fear of being left behind (abandonment) or of becoming useless
Broken – Anger that one is being forced to change because of changes that occurred that were beyond one’s control. Victim attitude.
Bursitis – Anger and distress about the constant chang
es that life brings

The Spiritual Meaning of Hip Pain

  • Fear of making major decisions.
  • Feel as though you have nothing to look forward to. 
  • Feeling a lack of physical and/or emotional support.
  • Resistance to current experiences.
  • Fear of moving forward in life, career, relationship.
  • Fear of the future.
  • Fear of change. 
  • Inability to let go of the past.
  • Feeling unable to stand alone. 
  • Anger at parents.
  • Concerns about your life purpose. 
  • Fear of intimacy.
  • Holding on to past hurt. 
  • Withdrawing energy from a person or relationship.
  • Feeling as though you are on shaky ground. 
  • Feeling insecure.
  • Feeling useless.
  • Wanting to move away from a person or situation.
  • Carrying too much emotional weight for others. 
  • Finding it hard to be independent.
  • Conflict between moving forward and holding on. 
  • Anxiety.
  • Fear.
  • Financial Fear.

It’s a good time to stop what you’re doing, pause, take an inventory of your life, and slow down before making any major decisions. Reevaluate the pace of your daily life. 

Right hip: What you express, give out, and assert. Pain in this hip could be an unresolved issue regarding one of these topics.

Left hip: Represents the mother, family, nurturing. Pain in this area could be unresolved issues regarding these topics.

Other Affirmations

I am always connected to the infinite love and gratitude of the universe and no one can hurt me.

I honor it is not knowing the HOW but focusing on my desires.

I carry myself in perfect balance.

I am able to process, metabolize, and release all emotions.

I release any fear I have stored in my hips.

I release any anger I have stored in my hips.

I am free to move.

My hips are strong and healthy.

I allow myself to believe I deserve to heal.

I let go of the past with ease.

I am confident.

I am useful.

I am abundant.

You can create your own custom affirmations to heal whatever hip pain you may be experiencing. The easiest way to create an affirmation is to look at a phrase like “I fear change” and state the opposite starting with “I” or “I am”. For example: say “I allow change in my life” or “I adjust to change easily and effortlessly”

Comments:

Do you have any questions about the psychological and metaphysical connection between thoughts and hip pain?

Did you come up with some amazing affirmations you want to share?

Comment below and start a conversation!!

References:

Louise Hay

http://www.ourspiritualnutrition.com/is05.htm

https://www.insightstate.com/health/hip-pain-spiritual-meaning-causes-healing/

https://www.healing-affirmations.com/24-emotional-issues-directly-linked-to-hip-pain/