Happy Hump-asana Day: Double Pigeon/Fire Log Pose

That’s right, it’s Wednesday again!

Hump-asana pose for today: Dwi Pada Rajakapotasana/Double Pigeon/Fire Log Pose

Looks something like this:

The beautiful Seane Corn in Double Pigeon

In honor of insanely tight hips, today we focus on double pigeon. If you’ve tried it, keep on keepin’ on – if you haven’t tried it, add this passive but powerful nugget to your repertoire, especially if your hips require a wrench-like self adjustment to simply move into sukhasana. If your hips and/or groin are super tight, have no fear: you can still enjoy the benefits of this pose. Instead of stacking your top shin in line with your bottom shin, simply place the top shin parallel to and in front of the bottom shin (see above link for a helpful step-by-step). And that might be enough for you. For a deeper stretch, though, you always have the option of folding the upper body over, just as you would in eka pada rajakapotasana, or single pigeon pose. As with any hip/groin opener, be mindful of your movement into and out of double pigeon. Use your hands for support to move the body if you need to. Never take the pose to the point of actual pain (past discomfort), and be especially mindful of the knees.

Sidenote: Although I self-admittedly cringe and am driven to internal fits of anger/panic when my teacher guides us into double pigeon, I’m secretly in love with it, too. Double pigeon (and single pigeon, for that matter) and I have a love-hate relationship. We’re working on it. I love to hate this pose but often take (painful) pleasure in it since I realize our most dreaded postures are those we probably need the most – at least, that’s what the yogi people say.

What postures do you have a love-hate relationship with? What are the tightest areas of your body? How do you cope with holding a mentally challenging pose?

Happy Hump-asana Day, fellow yogis! Get your minds out of the gutter – Hump-asana Day, traditionally known as Wednesday or “Hump Day” in lamens/peasant/working-folk tongue, is a mid-week yogi treat. Hump-asana Day features a snippet of a pose worth spending some time exploring. And since they’re ALL worth exploring, we’ll never run out of poses for Hump-asana Day – rejoice!

3 thoughts on “Happy Hump-asana Day: Double Pigeon/Fire Log Pose

  1. I definitely have a love-hate relationship with frog pose (sorry don’t know the proper yogi term!) I can only do it when I have really been working on opening my hips, but it makes me curse and sigh all at the same time.

    1. Ah, frog pose/mandukasana – however you say it, giiiiiiirl I feel that one, too! Fun to watch the crazy emotional whirlwind that happens during hip openers, isn’t it? Have you tried frog with your knees propped up on blocks? A fellow yogi suggested that I try it the other day and it allows you to really get in there in a more passive way. That said, it’s still a nasty internal battle! 🙂

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