holiday yoga pose: half pigeon pose

Ingrid is back with her other favourite yoga pose to help remained balanced and stress free during the holidays. Here is why she loves it:

You can prepare for the chaos of the holidays by addressing and releasing your emotions through hip opening. There are lots of fun variations to this pose, including back-bends (for awakening) and sitting upright (for strength). Play with it. Have fun, enjoy and share!

how to get into half pigeon pose and enjoy the holidays

Half pigeon pose is wonderful because it stretches the thighs, groins, psoas, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and the neck. It is also known to stimulate abdominal organs (which is needed this time of year), and helps to open your chest and shoulders.

Step 1: Start in a low lunge, right foot forward, back knee down.

Step 2: Walk your right foot to the left, relaxing your knee and outer shin to the mat.

Step 3: Sit up tall and square the hips.

Optional: If your hips are uneven, place a block or blanket under the right hip.

For advanced practitioners: Reach around to capture your foot to move into a back-bend, which also adds an intense release of your hips and thighs.

Last but not least: Adding a forward bend to your pigeon can also help you to relax. Forward bends turn on our parasympathetic nervous system (rest & digest) and are considered cooling, calming poses.

Repeat on the other leg and keep the peace this holiday season. Namaste.

What yoga poses and exercises are keeping you calm, centered and balanced this season?

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I can never do the half pigeon! My hips tend to be really closed and this pose just puts me in a lot of pain. I imagine it would bereally relaxing though! lol

Comment by Eva — December 23, 2010 @ 8:58 pm

Ingrid is a fantastic teacher! I felt amazing after her Yin class with Reiki Healing in early December!

Comment by Courtney — December 25, 2010 @ 7:37 pm

Eva, I’m in the same boat as you – between my hips and knees that don’t bend well thanks to lack of cartilage, this is one of my hardest poses (yogic squat is right up there too!). I use a block under my butt (sometimes two!), try my best to stay square over my hips and only bow as far forward as won’t make me want to cry that day. What I’ve noticed is that some days are better than others, so I keep doing it in hopes that I’ll have one of those better days, and then maybe the better days will get even better over time. After 6 months of stubbornness it seems to be working. :)

Comment by Keely — December 29, 2010 @ 11:51 am

Wonderful! I am really still a beginner, so I very much appreciate the detailed photos and description :D

Thanks again!

Comment by Sande — August 18, 2011 @ 5:41 pm

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