Reclined pigeon pose provides a release for the hamstrings, lower back and muscles of the hip, if the leg being stretched is opened to the side. It can also be deepened by drawing the knees closer to the chest.
Additional benefits of reclined pigeon pose include:
- Opens the hips
- Relieves sciatica or piriformis issues
- Increases blood flow to the pelvis
- Improves digestion
- Releases lower body tension
- Improves circulation in the hips, lower back and lower body
It is also useful as a preparatory pose for full pigeon pose, helping to open the hips and ease muscular tightness.