Thursday, March 18, 2010

Relaxed Pigeon - Yoga Pose

At the end of every yoga class, I try and put in a relaxed pigeon. It is an amazing hip-opener. After a big workout with lots of vinyasas, it is good to relax towards the end in preparation for shavasana (aka meditation, lay flat and close eyes time, my favorite pose). To try relaxed pigeon (which is very relaxing) Yoga Pose:

One: Lay flat on stomach. Push off ground with hands and toes so you are in plank pose.

Two: Lift right leg, bring right knee to chest, continue on and place right knee behind right wrist, and right foot behind left wrist. Slowly lower your arms down so that you are propped up by your right leg and left leg (behind you).

Three: Take a peek back and make sure your left leg is straight behind you, unprop toes so that top of foot is lying flat on ground.

Four: Inhale, lift chest towards the sky, exhale lower chest towards ground without touching ground. Inhale lift chest towards the sky, and exhale again lowering chest towards the ground.

Five: Lower chest all the way towards the ground. Walk hands out in front of you. Take 10 breaths here at your own pace, relaxing the whole body towards the ground. Remembering to release any tension that you're holding onto, especially in your left hip, as it is easy to sink in towards the right hip.

Six: After 10 breaths slowly rise chest towards the sky and prop hands next to pelvis. Release legs and shake them out in front of you (while still sitting).

Repeat with the left leg!


  1. I love this pose. I make my own yoga class most mornings and I always end with this!

  2. I really need to find a yoga class somewhere nearby. I've been doing Zumba for the last 3 or 4 weeks but yoga would be good for my off days.

  3. Awesome.

    I wish I could take Yoga seriously. I just end up giggling throughout it all.

  4. I love this pose..and yoga in general. It has been a crazy couple of weeks so haven't been back to class and really miss it. I promise myself once school starts back up I will keep my regular 3x a week schedule. But after reading this post I think I am going to go pigeon in the bedroom...I know my hips are holding up alot of stress from the week!


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