In our fast-paced world, it’s imperative that we make time for ourselves to reboot and refocus. The practice of yoga can do wonders for our peace of mind and physical well-being.
“A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body…” Proverbs 14: 30 (NLT)
Pigeon is King
Pigeon pose is one of my very favorite yoga postures because of it’s therapeutic benefits. This asana has done wonders for me and my clients in healing hip and back pain. I’ll highlight this special yoga position for Yoga Appreciation Month!
Benefits of Pigeon Pose
Doing Pigeon Pose is essential in our chair-bound society. It is an extremely effective hip opener with the front leg in position to externally rotate the hip and the back leg in position to stretch the iliopsoas.
It has been discovered that the iliopsoas muscle group affects our mood and health. Known as the “muscle of the soul,” it is closely linked to our fight or flight response. Problems in these dorsal hip muscles may show up in other parts of the body such as the knees, pelvis, hips, neck/shoulders, sciatic nerve, and low back. ¹
“Pigeon Pose stretches the thighs, groins, and abdomen. It can often be felt deeply in specific upper-leg and hip muscles, including the psoas, piriformis, TFL (tensor fascia latae) and gluteus maximus.” ² You can adjust the level of intensity in Pigeon to open these muscles even further.
Pigeon can be performed simply or developed into a more intricate posture like this Mermaid Pose. This variation is a complicated position in the respect that there are many nuances to it that can help you get the most out of the pose. For this reason, I am not going to go into a long and detailed explanation on how to do this asana. I highly recommend you enjoy the benefits of this important pose under the care of a professional yoga practitioner.
With a grateful heart, Linda
“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” – 3 John 1: 2
Disclaimer: consult your doctor before practicing yoga or starting any exercise program.
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