How To: King Pigeon Pose

King Pigeon Pose

King Pigeon Pose

Step by Step

  1. Begin in Downward facing Dog. Bring your left knee forward between your hands and come into Pigeon pose.
  2. Rest your left hand on your left knee and bend your right knee.
  3. Flex your right foot and bring your right hand under the top of your foot and try to grab onto your foot or toes.
  4. This is where it can get a little tricky. Flip your left elbow up to the ceiling, so the back of your foot is turned towards your back & your toes are pointing straight up. Fingers will be facing down. If this is not doable at this time, you can try working with a strap.
  5. From here, you can arch your head back and reach your left hand over your head to hold onto your left foot or toes. Bring your head even more back & if you can, touch your toes or foot onto you head.
  6. Stay here for at least 5-10 breaths and then release your hands and place your palms on either side of your right knee.
  7. Repeat on other side.

Some feel good poses to do after: Child's Pose Downward-Facing Dog Twist (lay on back, bring one knee close to chest then over to the opposite side. Turn head in opposite direction and stretch your arm out wide on the floor. For a deeper stretch, press your knee down to the ground with your opposite hand.

Benefits: Flexes the hips Stretches the muscles in the chest, neck and shoulders Opens the thigh muscles and helps relieve back pain Improves Posture

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