King Pigeon has been a goal pose of mine since I first stepped on my mat 3 years ago, and also one that eluded me for those 3 years.
I could get myself into it but my arms and head never made it down to the ground and it was painful, like super painful, because I was moving from my lower back.
I am a heart opener lovin' yogi like I do them EVERY practice. They come natural for me, but that didn't mean I was doing it right. There's always room for improvement for every single yoga practitioner, which is why we call it a yoga practice.
No matter what heart opening backbend you are adding to your daily practice there needs to be the strength and space to move into that pose.
I've found ways to strengthen my back body and provide space along the front body to create a huge expansion in my heart openers. It's been dramatically life changing, but I still have miles to go.
I'm telling you this because it is possible to not feel pain while practicing any kind of backbend pose where our spines are in extension. It is possible to learn proper body mechanics by becoming acutely aware to how your body reacts while prepping, during, and after the pose.
It's all about patience and consistency, my friends!
What is King Pigeon pose?
Beginner poses: Cobra, Camel
Components: We're strengthening the back body= muscles along the spine, hamstrings, and also, hip flexors/quads. Simultaneously, we're opening the upper thoracic spine, shoulders, psoas and hip flexors.
King pigeon pose is expansive, grounding, freeing and revitalizing; integrating the whole body.
**To advanced your practice into King Pigeon I recommend having a strong Camel and King Cobra pose.
The follow-up poses are just as important as the prep- never skip these!
That being said, let's get to it yogis! You'll find pose breakdowns at the the end of the page.
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A yogi with the passion to transform and inspire others along their path.