Follow these tips to add a hip-opening pose to your yoga practice.
Half Pigeon Pose, or Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, is one of the final poses you’ll practice in the Vinyasa series. After warming up with standing, balancing and backbending postures, your body should be ready to practice this stretch.
Take your time moving in and out of Half Pigeon. Remember: while you will feel sensation, you should never feel pain. Avoid this pose completely if you have any knee issues.
Stretches the hips.
If you’re new to the practice, try a modified variation of Half Pigeon.
Avoid lifting your hip too far from the ground. You should also avoid resting that hip on the floor and allowing your opposite hip to lift away from the floor. Try practicing with a yoga block placed horizontally, to its lowest point, under your hip for support.
Hold the pose while breathing deeply. Close your eyes and enjoy this deep hip stretch. Practice another stretch, like Happy Baby, before relaxing in Savasana.