#CalmTip: Practice Standing Pigeon Pose

 

Black Girl's Guide to Calm

It’s a new month, and that means it’s time for a new yoga pose! June’s is standing pigeon pose, which is great hip opener. Additionally, the hips are where we often hold pent-up emotions and negative feelings; hip openers can also create space for new ideas and pathways. So, if you have tight hips and/or sit a lot, this pose is for you.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Stand on your mat or the floor with your feet hip distance.
  2. Make sure your right foot is firmly planted. Bring your hands to your heart, then cross your left ankle over your right thigh.
  3. Exhale, bend your right knee, and bring your torso down towards your legs. On each exhale, come down a little further; the further down you come, the deeper the stretch will be.
  4. Stay for 5-10 breaths, and on an inhale, come to standing.
  5. Repeat on the other side.

“You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy.” – Unknown

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