I have always included strength and conditioning in my home practice, public classes and private lessons. These movements can help to build strength and create balance in the joints. Sometimes it is practicing a specific drill, and sometimes it is focusing on how we engage the body in yoga poses to create integrity and stability.
The below *quick* video is a sequence of cues to build space in the hip joint for standing poses. Hugging the outer hip in externally rotates the thigh, lifts the pelvis off of the thigh bone and engages the glutes to create a feeling of buoyancy and space in the pelvis. Use this sequence for the front leg of all of your standing poses. Over time, you will feel that you’ve built more strength in the hips, length in the waist and steadiness while transitioning between poses. Enjoy!