Yoga Anatomy: Internal Hip Rotations for Yoga

Internal hip rotation is the movement used in yoga poses such as Eagle Pose. Another yoga pose that uses internal hip rotation is Warrior III, however in Warrior III the internal hip rotation is on the lifted leg. Internal rotations are important for creating balance in our yoga poses. ‘Internal hip rotation’ is the anatomical term for this particular hip movement.

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Internally rotated hip poses allows muscles to strengthen and develop a healthy balance between contraction and stretching.

Internal hip rotation is when the thigh is rolled into the mid line of the body. This might be like legs together such as in Eagle Pose but can also be in separate legs such as Warrior III. In Warrior III the lifted leg is internally rotated to maintain a square pelvis and offers strength to inner thighs and stretching to outer thighs.

Internal Hip Rotation Yoga Poses

In Eagle Pose we must also consider another movement of the legs and hips that makes the pose possible and that is commonly known as ‘adduction’ of thighs. However, Eagle Pose is a great yoga pose for noticing our internal rotation. Often anatomy employs a range of movements where more than one group of anatomical movements will also be involved with a particular yoga pose.

These internally rotated hip movements are vital to counter the external rotation of our hips in various other yoga poses.

We will bring our attention to this externally rotated hip movement in our next yoga blog. Commonly our internal rotation can be weaker than its opposing movement of external rotation. Practicing yoga with internal rotation hip awareness will in time bring great balancing benefit. Yoga offers this very balance whether it is the mind through yoga meditation or just yoga poses. Again and again yoga offers its full ancient potential.