Reclining Half Pigeon (Supta Eka Pada Kapotasana)
Why Brenda Likes This Pose
"I especially like reclining half pigeon for women who have tight hips because their back is supported while they isolate the performis muscle deep within the hips. This pose aids in releasing tension in the muscles in the hip joint which can cause lower back tightness and immobility, which over time can inhibit blood flow to the pelvis and the surrounding organs. Women experiencing a great deal of emotional stress will often hold tension in their hips and this pose help to release that tension in the body allowing more freedom in this area."
How to Do the Pose
A safer version for the knees is to lay on your back. Hug both knees into your chest. Lower your left foot to the floor and stack your right ankle on top of your left knee. Reach through the center hole and clasp your left shin. Flex the top foot and soften the bottom ankle. Gently pull the leg in to activate the periformis muscle (located in the gluteal region of the lower limb) on the right side. Breathe deeply and visualize more space where you feel the tightest. Breathe until it softens. Change sides. Be aware of added unnecessary tension in shoulders, jaw, and face.