This week in our Embrace Your Body session our focus was on hips and glutes. Before each class I shared with my students something I found online about ‘buns of steel:’
“Somehow, the idea that it’s admirable to have “buns of steel” has become entrenched in our culture. It’s true that these muscles need to be strong, but if there’s too much steel back there—in the form of short, tight muscles—you’re likely to face a multitude of difficulties including sciatic nerve problems, low-back pain, and even knee trouble. That’s because tight glutes limit the range of motion of the hips, leaving the low back and knees to compensate. Most often, the glutes get overly tight when you spend a lot of time sitting, especially with crossed legs or ankles. Activities like cycling and running can also contribute. Whatever the cause, the solution is to do stretches and yoga poses that lengthen these muscles and teach them to relax.”
So the next time you do a workout to get ‘buns of steel,’ don’t forget to do some nice yoga postures like Pigeon or Shoelace to stretch out those muscles too!