Double pigeon pose may seem similar to easy pose (sukhasana), but the latter is a very basic peaceful pose that is easier on the hips because of a more relaxed leg position. Double pigeon pose is a more intense hip-opener and, as such, instills a sense of confidence and prowess. It is an energizing posture that reduces stress levels by calming the mind.
The benefits of double pigeon pose also include:
- Reduces tension and anxiety
- Stimulates the abdominal organs
- Stretches the muscles of the hips, groin and buttocks
- Strengthens the legs and calves
Beginners or anyone with limited flexibility should place a rolled blanket, yoga blocks or cushion under the buttocks. If the pose is still too difficult, start with bound angle and reclining bound angle poses to gain hip flexibility before attempting double pigeon pose.