Pigeon pose is one of the all-time best hip opening stretches in yoga. If you sit at work or in your car all day or if you’re a runner, you need this pose. Learn these 4 pigeon pose variations and how to modify pigeon pose to open your hips and stretch you out.
Ahhh, pigeon pose. In the yoga classes I teach, I see one of two things when I call for pigeon pose. About half of the class can’t wait to collapse into the pose and enjoy the delicious hip-opening stretch. The other half of the class? They cringe and clench their teeth and count the seconds until they are released from the perceived torture.
If you fall into the latter camp, I want to help you learn to love this pose. OK, maybe love is a strong word but I’d like you to at least come to like it. That’s because it’s really one of the best hip opening stretches out there.
And if you have tight hips — and that’s all you runners, skiers, cyclists and anyone who sits for long periods of time aka all of us — this pose will help. Pigeon pose releases the glutes and piriformis in the front leg and stretches the psoas of the back, extended leg.
One way to learn to like this pose is to learn how to modify pigeon pose. There are a number of ways to modify pigeon pose so you can reap the benefits of the pose without straining yourself or hurting yourself. In the video below, I walk through four different ways to make the pose suit you and to meet your body where it currently is.
Do you love or hate pigeon pose?
This post is part of the Ask a Yogini series. Each month, I’ll answer a question about yoga – anything that you’re curious about. Chances are, if you have the question, someone else does too! Leave any questions you may have in the comments below!
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