Wishing you all a happy day.
I am seeking guidance on how to start my journey toward opening my hips. My goal is to simply be able to sit cross legged on the ground. Doesn't have to be a perfect lotus. Something like this would do: https://comps.canstockphoto.com/young-y ... 534737.jpg
Right now, I can do something like this:
https://www.historytoday.com/sites/defa ... sattva.jpg
If I sit and lay one knee on the ground, the other can stick up at a 45 degree angle from the ground, at best. Or, I can sit with the soles together and push both knees toward the ground with my elbows, in which case each knee is about a foot and a half away from the ground. Even doing this, I feel no stretch.
I search all over the place for a yoga exercise that I could start with, but it almost seems as though nothing exists for someone who is as inflexible as I. Every "beginner" video on Youtube etc. seems to start with pigeon pose or something that I cannot even get close to doing. Whenever I try to follow along and do something that even vaguely resembles what the instructor is showing, I feel absolutely nothing in the hips, and then I end up getting immensely frustrated and give up.
I would be grateful for a routine that I could adopt and stick with every day, but I am losing belief. I feel like I am so crippled at this point that nothing will make a difference. After becoming aware of how uncomfortable I have been for three decades I want to do something to change it but I feel like I am locked into my fate now.
Any advice would be greatly welcome.