Skip Nav

Pigeon Pose

Pigeon Pose is the ultimate hip opener. Stick with it, even if it feels tough:

  • After Half Moon Pose, come back to Downward Facing Dog. From Downward Facing Dog, step both feet together and bring your right knee forward between your hands so your outer right leg is resting on the mat.
  • If your hips are more open, inch your right foot away from you. Make sure your left hip is always pointing down toward the mat.
  • Stay here with your hands resting on your hips or your right leg, or walk your hands out in front of you, allowing your torso to rest over your right knee.
  • Hold here, breathing into any areas of tightness and tension for at least 10 breaths. Once you're ready, plant your hands on the floor and push your right leg to the sky for a quick Three-Legged Dog to give your hips a little release. Then come back to Downward Facing Dog.

Here are more details regarding the common hip opener, Pigeon Pose.