Hello, and welcome to my website. I am a fully qualified Yoga Alliance E500 hour RYT which is the highest level you can achieve. I have been teaching yoga since 2004 and originally started teaching in Dublin, where I was a full time teacher of weekly classes, workshops and a lead teacher for many years on a teacher training programme that I helped put together. Since 2012 I have been living in Cork, where being momma to two beautiful children has become another part of my practice. I teach weekly ashtanga and vinyasa classes in Cork city. I am passionate about yoga, having found it to be life transforming on so many levels, and consider myself blessed to be able to teach yoga as well as practice it. Enjoy exploring my website, and hopefully I'll see you on the mat someday. Namaste.
A hip opening workshop with Nikki Cousins at the Yoga Loft Sunday October 7th 2pm-4.30pm €25
“Hip opening” is a frequently used term in the yoga world, but what exactly does it mean? How do you “open your hips” and why would you want to?
The hips are a joint, which means that they are a moveable part of your body. There are a total of 22 muscles that cross the hips. So to say that you have “tight hips” can mean a restriction in any of these muscles. And if your hips are restricted in their range of motion, then the surrounding areas, such as back and knees, can compensate. To help combat this, we can practise hip opening poses. In reality, nearly all yoga poses can be considered hip openers as they all target on stretching at least 1 of the 22 muscles surrounding the hip joint.
In this workshop, Nikki will lead the class through a strong vinyasa practise, with focus on standing poses to build up heat and work into the pelvis and legs, then moving to the floor where we will explore some deep external hip openers and lengthening the inner thighs. Depending on level of students, we can work towards full padmasana (lotus) and maybe even getting our legs close to the back of our head! But there are modifications for all the poses, and all levels are welcome, apart from complete beginners.