Hip Series: Internal Hip Rotation

Internal Hip RotationThe Purna Yoga Hip Series sequence includes six directions of movement in the hip joints. It is therapeutic for low back pain, SI joint dysfunction, and sciatica. The fourth posture in the Hip Series sequence is Internal Hip Rotation.

Lie on your back with your feet on the floor and knees bent. Step your right foot over to the right and let your right knee move towards your left foot. There should be a straight line from the right side of your torso to your right frontal hip bone to your knee. Your right shin is perpendicular to your right thigh, forming a 90 degree angle between the two.

Allow your right hip to move slightly away from the floor. If you have any pain in your right knee place support (block, blanket) under the right knee (shown in photo). You can remain here or place your left ankle on top of your right thigh, helping to increase the stretch.

Both feet flexed. 5-10 breaths. Both sides.


  • Increases internal rotation of hip
  • Stretches the psoas