A restorative hip opener stretch that takes the traditional pigeon up a notch.
For the last few weeks, I’ve been working out at my school’s gym, then heading to Barre & Soul for Sunday Night Restorative Yoga, and it’s been such a great addition to my weekly routine!
I am someone who struggles to be still and calm, both physically and mentally. I’m always thinking of what I need to do next, and while planning ahead can be beneficial, sometimes it’s good to take time to clear my mind and just appreciate the present. This class is so calming, and different every week. Angel guides us through restful stretches and poses to release tension, sharing inspirational messages or a guided meditation.
Today, she led a supported pigeon stretch, which I loved! I like the pigeon stretch because it helps open up your hips while stretching your legs and glutes, and adding these blocks really allows you to deepen the stretch!
To do this, lay yoga blocks or pillows in a diagonal line under where your lower leg rests in a pigeon stretch. The bent leg comes forward with your thigh parallel to the long edge of the mat, and the lower leg on the blocks. Keep your back leg straight behind you. Lay your upper body over your legs, resting on a pillow or blocks for support. Hold the stretch - it should be comfortable, yet gently release tension. If it’s too much for you, you can do it without the added blocks! Make sure to do both sides!
Once you are comfortable in the stretch, it is a great pose to just hold and relax in. I honestly almost fell asleep in it! I hope you enjoy this stretch as much as I do!