Reclined Pigeon Pose

Definition - What does Reclined Pigeon Pose mean?

Reclined pigeon pose is a relatively gentle supine hip opener and lower body stretch closely related to pigeon pose.

From a supine position, both legs bend. The right ankle crosses the left thigh close to the knee. The right hand threads between the legs, the left around the outside, and the hands then clasp behind the left thigh or shin. The head and shoulders release into the ground, drawing the knees closer to the body.

Reclined pigeon pose is also known by its Sanskrit name, supta kapotasana.

Yogapedia explains Reclined Pigeon Pose

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.

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