Pigeon Pose is very popular in yoga classes as it stretches the hip rotators and can even help alleviate some sciatica causes. I used to HATE this pose. Because my hip rotators were tight. This made it excruciating to hold to pose. But, you know, what we avoid is usually what we need most. And so I did the pose anyway. Now Pigeon is one of my favorite poses. It is no longer uncomfortable, yet I still feel the release that it gives and notice a major difference in my range of motion when I am doing it regularly.
This Thai Yoga Massage version of Pigeon will help even if your hips aren’t so tight. But I surely do wish I knew someone that could have done this version with my when my hips were that tight. With a gentle Thai Yoga Massage practitioner, I could have moved through that tension with so much more comfort. Maybe Pigeon could have been one of my favorite poses right from the start.
Grab a friend and give this version a try. Then try the yogi version below.
How to do Pigeon Pose in Thai Yoga Massage:
- Kneel next to your partner and lift their leg.
- Fold their knee in toward their chest, aiming toward their chin.
- Coming into a lunge for greater stability and palm up and down the back of their thigh several times.
- To release, stretch the leg back out and try the other side.
Try Pigeon Pose on your own for a similar experience to your receiver. This will help you to develop your awareness around how a little can go a long way with this pose. Start on all fours and bring one knee forward between your hands. Center that knee and let your foot remain off-center. Sink your hips toward the floor and fold forward. Stay at least several breaths.
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