Maija Also, iirc @Ines had some stretching exercises for wearers of thighbands somewhere?
The following list will help immensely. If you don't have time, just do pigeon pose and saddle pose. The main issue with constant thighband use is that the range of the hip flexors is reduced. Chronically tight hip flexors can lead to pelvic issues, spinal misalignment and all sorts of other knock-on effects over time.
Reclined Butterfly Pose:
Lay on your back, feet together, knees apart. Chill for 5 minutes. If you recline over a pillow or bolster you can open up the whole front line of your body. More info:
Lay on your back, lift your knees up so that your legs are at right angles, drop both knees over to your right side. Try to keep your left shoulder on the ground. Your left arm should be straight out from your shoulder, and you should look towards your left hand if you can. Repeat on the other side. More info:
Anyone who's spent time in a Middle Eastern toilet will master this one quickly!
Lay on your back, pull your heels in towards your bum, lift your bum off the ground. Try to lift with the front line of your body (hip flexors, quadriceps) rather than squeezing your glutes. More info:
This is gonna hurt! The best pose for thighband wearers. If you can only do one pose a day, do this one:
Lunges. Also, Side Lunge. Pretend you're a ninja:
Awesome hip flexor stretch. If you wear thighbands you need this. You should feel it at the front of your hips / quads, not your lower back:
This is a big internal hip rotater. Sit on a block to give you some height:
Easy cross leg / lotus pose:
Sit cross-legged for a few minutes. If it's uncomfortable for you, sit on a foam block or a pillow to give your pelvis some tilt. (Men in particular struggle with this). Try to lift out of the bowl of your pelvis and if you can, lean forward.
Hope that helps! Look after yourselves, you only get one body.