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How to Do the Pigeon Pose

This is a great beginner pose that helps stretch the hips and legs — which feels especially good if you've been "couped up" all day.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Expand chest Inhale and expand your chest, gazing upward.
  • FACT: This pose helps to stretch the piriformis muscle, which is helpful in relieving sciatic nerve pain.
  • Step 2: Repeat to other side When you are ready, repeat to the other side, bending your left leg and extending your right.
  • Step 3: Release pose Release the pose by inhaling and raising your head and chest up, while bringing your back leg forward and your front leg back, returning to an all-fours position.
  • Step 4: Hold pose Hold the pose for as long as it's comfortable, breathing easily.
  • Step 5: Start from all-fours Start from all-fours with your knees directly below your hips, and your hands directly below of your shoulders, fingers spread.
  • TIP: If your right hip is coming off the ground, put a block or folded blanket beneath for added support.
  • Step 6: Lower chest & head Exhale and slowly lower your chest and head toward the floor.
  • Step 7: Extend left leg Extend your left leg straight back behind you, toes tucked under. Keep your hips square and facing forward.
  • Step 8: Slide right knee Bend your right knee and slide it forward to a position between your hands. Your right heel should be just under your left hip.

You Will Need

  • Comfortable clothing suitable for stretching and moving
  • A calm place where you won't be distracted or disturbed
  • A yoga mat or folded blanket
  • An extra blanket or yoga block

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