Reclined Pigeon Pose

 In Poses, Yoga for Runners
Photo Credit: Melissa Brott Photography

Photo Credit: Melissa Brott Photography

For many of us warmer weather has us outside enjoying the sun, maybe increasing our foot mileage as walk and run.  Consider adding RECLINED PIGEON POSE into your stretching regimen to alleviate tight hips and lengthen stride.

Why use it?
Walkers and runners tend to carry tension in their backs; often due to stiffness that needs to be released in their hips. Reclined Pigeon pose stretches the hips. Looser hips relieve back pain and lengthen stride.

How to get into it
Lie on your back with your knees bent. Place one ankle on your opposite thigh, use a strap or interlace your fingers and place them behind the same thigh, pulling your thigh towards your chest. As you draw your bent leg in toward you (making sure to aim it toward your same shoulder), simultaneously press your opposite knee away from you. Attempt to the hold position for 3 to 5 full breaths and then switch sides.

Key Tip
Flex your feet to deepen the stretch.

~The divine in me salutes the divine in you, Namaste~
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