If you have tight hips, try this hip stretch.

Start by sitting in a cross-legged position on a firm yet comfortable surface. Imagine there is a string coming out of the top of your head that is pulling your spine up and straight. Your chin should be paralell to the floor.

While keeping your spine straight, begin to lean forward toward the floor. If your hips are extremely tight, you may not be able to go very far. That’s ok. Place your hands on the floor if you can reach it and breathe slowly in and out. If you’re able to, you can stretch further forward, letting your hands and perhaps even forearms rest on the floor. If you’re at this point, you can slowly lower your forehead to the floor, making sure to keep your chin tucked.

Wherever you are, maintain that position as you breathe deeply for 20 seconds. Use your hands to help you sit back up into an upright position.

Uncross your legs, then recross them in your non habitual way. For example, if your left leg is usually in front, cross your legs so your right leg is in front. You likely won’t be able to do as deep a hip stretch in this position, but continue through the process on this side, holding for 20 seconds as well.hip stretch