Pigeon All The Way!

The day has finally come! After 34 days we have finally reached my ultimate favorite pose! From the very first time that I saw this pose I thought this was the most beautiful pose in all of yoga. It was a lady on the cover of yoga journal magazine and she was able to touch her foot to the back of her head. I knew I would probably never get there but I at least wanted to try. (Needless to say I can touch my foot to the back of my head and yes it is really beautiful.). I love to do this pose and I love to teach it. I also love to say this pose in Sanskrit. It sounds so pretty! Every time I say it in Sanskrit everybody looks at me with the look like I’m crazy! Well I kind of am! Today in the class that I thought we worked for a good 20 minutes preparing for this exact pose. It’s not something you can just go into unless you are flexible enough and warmed up in your back, your shoulders, and your legs.

What is this wonderful pose I am talking about? It has to be pigeon pose! I have done this pose in my spin class, many yoga classes, and even seen NFL football players doing this pose. It is a great hip opener and also really good on your core while at the same time challenges your balance. I know that after you have tried this a few times you will love it as much as I do. I always tell my students when you are reclining in this pose please do not curse my name! Lol Sorry I can talk about this post all day long. That is how much I love it!

Todays Pose: Eka Pada Rajakapotasana- one-legged Royal Pigeon Pose- Start off in table top or hands and knees. Bring your left knee to your left wrist. Bring your left foot over to the right as much as you can. No it does not have to be straight across parallel with your hips. Not everyone’s hips are that open to get the leg that straight. Sitting up present to the hands arching the back. You may need to just stay here for today. That is OK. If you want to do a little more. Bend your right knee bringing her right foot up behind you. Bring your right hand around thumb down and grab the top of your right foot. Find your balance and then reach the left arm into the air. Keep your hips Square. If you need to bring the left arm back down for balance you may do so. Stay here for a few breaths and then slowly bring the left leg back and then bring the right knee to the right wrist and repeat.

What this pose works: triceps brachii, gluteus maximus, quadriceps, psoas major, iliacus, Pectoralis major, external oblique, rectus abdominis, spinal extensors, serratus anterior, and the tensor fasciae latae muscles.

photo credit: Pat