When I’m completely stressed out (and I am right now) there is always one thing that helps-YOGA! And my favorite pose ( i almost said position haha) is definitely pigeon– aka Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (huh?).
Looks pretty simple. I actually like to bend all the way down-so my nose touches the ground. I could stay in this position forever. It’s a hip opener and stretches the thighs and groins and probably other areas of the body, but all I know is it feels amazing and I could stay in this pose for a long time. Apparently stress and tension go straight to your hips, so maybe that’s why I like it so much.
According to active.com, pigeon pose stimulates the internal organs, stretches the glutes, groins, and psoas (a long muscle on the side of your vertebral column and pelvis), relieves the piriformis (a muscle in the gluteal region) and sciatic pain, helps with urinary disorders, annnd elongates and relieves pressure on the back. So drop down and get your
eagle pigeon on.
However, you should avoid this pose (i keep on wanting to say position!) if you have:
- A sacroiliac or back injury
- An ankle injury
- Certain knee injuries
- Extreme tightness in the hips
*FYI if you have itunes, you can download a lot of free yoga classes under podcasts. Just search and play!*