The Pigeon Pose – 7 Easy Steps
If you would like to know what is the Pigeon Pose you have come to the right place. The Pigeon Pose is a variation of the more advanced pose called Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (One-Legged King Pigeon Pose), this variation of the pose is a great hip opener that will give you a safe approach to the full variation in the future. The Eka Pada Rajakapotasana is an advanced backbend that you will eventually be able to do with practice and consistency.
Nowadays many people, including myself, work long hours in front of a computer, sitting most of the day on a chair and not getting much movement throughout the day. Some do workouts and exercises after they leave the office to compensate the fact they were sitting all day, and that is great because physical exercise is a very important aspect of our lives. But what does this have to do with the Pigeon Pose and what is the Pigeon Pose exactly?
So my point is that the Pigeon Pose is a hip opener, it stretches and flexes the hip, and this is something that a regular exercise like running, cycling or heavy lifting cannot do, as most exercises built strength in the hip but do not stretch it.
Pigeon Pose Tips
- Begin on all fours.
- Extend your right leg up and back. Inhale.
- Bring your right knee in between your palms. Exhale.
- Slide your left foot back towards the end of the mat.
- Lift your chest and SMILE 🙂 .
- Slowly walk your right heel to your left.
- Stay in this pose and breath.
- If you can, lower your upper body and lean on your forearms or lay your forehead on your hands.
- To get out of this pose you can go back to all fours or through Downward-Facing-Dog repeat on the other leg.
If you feel that your hip is very tense and you find it very hard to stay calm in this pose, you can use a blanket to place under your buttocks to create more support for your hip.
Don’t try to overdo this pose, if you feel that you cannot place your head on the ground that is totally fine! Do whatever your body allows you, listen to your body and respect it. You will see that as time passes this pose will become easier and you will feel the change in the way you feel when you walk, run or do any other sort of exercise.
Try to keep your body steady and do not tilt to your outer hip and try to keep balance. If you have any knee or ankle injuries please consult with your doctor before trying any new poses.
Benefits of The Pigeon Pose
This pose is wonderful for stretching the hips and creating more flexibility, it also stretches the thighs, abdomen, neck, shoulders and chest. Releases any tension that your hips have been accumulating from sitting on a chair for most of the day.
This pose may be difficult for some, every one of us has a different level of flexibility so you can modify this pose and find the posture that feels the best to you. When you stay focused on the breath it helps calm the mind and relax.
When To Do The Pigeon Pose
You can do this pose during your morning yoga routine, I usually love to do yoga in the morning but you can also try this pose separately from any yoga sequence. You can do this pose after a good workout or if you’ve just come back from running or cycling.
Would You Try The Pigeon Pose?
I would love to know if you have ever tried this pose before and if not, would you like to try it in the future?
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