Yoga for the Hip: The Pigeon Pose


Are your hips too tight? Are you experiencing a shpilkes in your genechtagazoink?

You’re not alone.  Millions are suffering just like you.  Tension and stress have wrapped around your  midsection like an anaconda.

But if  you’re in reasonably good shape, there is a way to correct the problem without popping a single pill: Yoga.

No, I didn’t say Olga, the masseuse. Yoga.  As in Webster’s Dictionary: a system of exercises for attaining bodily and mental control and well-being.

For opening tight hips, the yoga exercise to do  is called  eka pada rajakapotasana.  As an added bonus, if you can repeat its name a few dozen times, it will also open your pharyngeal cavity.

This  yoga exercise is more commonly known as the ‘pigeon pose’.   Which may explain why pigeons walk the way they do.

It’s really very simple, especially  if you’re very supple.

Find a good mat to exercise on.  Dress appropriately. No tight blue jeans. Your hips are tight enough, OK?

Get down on your hands and knees[the table position].   Cross your left foot under to touch your right hand.  Stretch your right leg as far back as you can. At this point you should feel your right cheek muscle (the glute) getting a bit taut. Make sure your hips are square to the front of the mat.  Or whatever sight line that appears parallel to your hips.

Feel free to modify the position of your left foot in the event your body insists that you do.

Lower the front of your body as close to the floor as possible.  Take a deep breath. Count to ten and then exhale.  Repeat the breathing until you blackout.

You may wind up in the emergency room.  But your condition will not be life-threatening.  

Back at the homefront, you will have a peace that passeth all understanding.  And you will be amazed how good your open hips feel.

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  • I do yoga, and especially had to do it when a thug contractor above me got me so tense that my back was a knot.

    However, I don't do that pose. I also don't do the inverted postures, which the instructor says are "highly controversial." Also, my arms don't seem to be long enough to grab my feet, including in that manner. I do do the progressive relaxation--three times.

    As I pointed out on some yoga mom's blog, my instructor says "yoga is not competitive," and thus that person did not go where I do.

    A masseuse may also be a good idea, although the ones around here with names like Olga usually get busted for committing a sex act on a cop. However, the community papers don't publish that until after the arrest for soliciting prostitution. Too late, as far as I am concerned.

  • I'm in a yoga certification program now and "pigeon" is becoming one of my favorite poses. There was a time when I could barely lift my back leg up, but now I can at least get it up and grab my foot (not quite at touching my head status like the woman in the picture though, lol).

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