What would you do if you were having fairly consistent, fairly intense unbalance in the hips? Let me be more specific:
The right hip has always been more tight (in virtually any direction or movement) than the left one. Everyone has, to some degree, a "tight" and a "loose" hip, at least in all the practitioners I've been, taught or seen.
Pardon the anatomy-ese coming up, but that's how one gets precise:
Specifically, and in particular during yesterday's practice, I will sometimes get pain and what I can only describe as a "pumped out" feeling, in the right hip, from the iliac crest down to the greater trochanter, and in a "ring" around the lateral hip, involving maybe the top of the rectus femoris, across the gluteus medius and into the tensor fasciae latae, and then into the gluteus maximus.
Symptoms? A desperate aching for poses like Dhanurasana (Bow), Parsva Dhanurasana (Side Bow; same pose, but on your side), and standing dropbacks, anything that will pull open the abs and the psoas, and release the glutes. Also, a like craving for twists, specifically Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half lord of the Fishes). Pasasana (Noose) becomes impossible when this hip business acts up.
Further symptoms? Cramping, if I persist, in movements that involve deep flexion of the thigh (like the final "float" in Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana (Hand to Big Toe). Inability, eventually, to hold a pose like Navasana (Boat). Aching throughout the lateral right hip and the lower back (psoas muscle, anyone?).
1) When this happens during practice, chill.
2) Do I want to do more Intermediate and less Primary?
3) Or maybe just a ton of lunges, outside of practice?
4) Nothing feels better, on this, than Parsva Dhanurasana. That pose hits JUST the right magic spot (done with right side to floor).
5) More backbends: but what can I do to warm up for them?
6) I keep my stress in my lateral hips: stress reduction. NOW? Surely you know what my stress levels have been like recently...
Note for the record: this happens only and ever on the right side. Never so much as a trace of it on the left.
Poses: deep hip movements are possible on the right leg. Half lotus? No worries. Sure, I can't always bind Marichyasana D EVERY time, but most of the time, can do. Leg behind head? Can do. Baddha Konasana? Head to feet, often. Utthita Hasta? Swing to side, float in front, all good. I do notice that my Ardha Matsyendrasana is a bigger, more intense stretch on the right side (that is, with the right knee UP). Also, my Parivrtta Parsvakonasana is more limited when I twist to the right.
Pigeon poses (not Kapotasana, but the non-Ashtanga "pigeon lunges" you see people do) are informative; right foot likes, when it's in front, to be closer to my body than left foot does.
And Hanumanasana (front splits): when the right leg is BACK, the stretch in the front thigh is MILES more intense than with left leg back. This also goes for big, deep lunges of any kind.
Ok, ok, ok, I probably know more about this than you do. But still, your two cents are welcome and invited.