This past weekend I took a great ashtanga yoga class at my local studio, Yoga is Youthfulness in Mountain View, CA. While we were sitting waiting for class to begin, my teacher (Mojdeh) gave us a nice hip-opening pose to try out. I looked it up when I got home and apparently it’s called the double-pigeon.
Begin with your left knee bent on the floor. Then take the right leg and place the right ankle on the left knee. Don’t press down; just let the weight of your leg open your hip.
This is for the right hip (stay 5-10 deep breaths):
And for the left (stay 5-10 deep breaths):
If you want to feel more sensation, feel free to bring your arms to the floor in front of you and walk them out. Remember to keep a flat back!
Obviously my hips are not very open today. I think it’s due to my lack of stretching after yesterday’s run… and just some general tension. I tend to hold things in my hips. My mom does too – she’s told me about emotional moments that she’s had in pigeon pose . Yoga really can help to release stress/emotion/struggles. We actually talked about how to approach that kind of situation in my training last weekend.