Dani Lieberman


Eka Pada Rajakapotasana


Many people come to a yoga class seeking relief for tight hips and a tight low back. As a teacher, this is the most frequented request I receive. Pigeon pose is one of my favorite hip openers and is accessible for all levels of flexibility. Above are the two advanced versions of the pose, if the backbend and overhand grip options are a bit much, utilize a strap or try one hand reaching for the strap and the other hand pressing into the ground. There are numerous benefits to practicing this pose: it opens the hip joint, lengthens your hip flexors and extensors, extends the groin and psoas. Collateral benefits include: stimulating internal orangs, improving sciatic pain, opening the chest, and reducing stiffness in the low pelvis. It is a primal reaction to store stress, trauma, fear and aniexty in the hips. These bottled up feelings create tension and tightness. Pigeon pose helps release negative feelings and undesirable energy stored in your hips.