Q: Which yoga exercise can alleviate the pain in the left side of my hip, primarily aggravated when sitting cross-legged? D. Robson, London
A: To alleviate discomfort in the left hip, especially when it arises from sitting cross-legged, the Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana) is highly recommended. This yoga pose is particularly effective for stretching and opening the hip region, which can help alleviate tension and pain.
To perform the Pigeon Pose: Begin in a tabletop position on your hands and knees.
- Slide your left knee forward and position it behind your left wrist.
- Extend your right leg straight back behind you.
- Ensure your left foot is flexed and your hips are square.
- Slowly lower your upper body over your front leg, keeping your hips level.
- Breathe deeply and hold the pose for a few breaths, then switch to the other side.
This asana provides an excellent stretch for the hip flexors, groin, and lower back, which can be particularly beneficial if your hip pain is exacerbated by sitting cross legged. Regular practice can lead to improved flexibility and reduced discomfort in the hip region.