[Pose Of the Week] Open Up the Hips In Firelog Pose (Intermediate)
Stretch the hips, thighs, back, and more in Firelog Pose.
Firelog Pose (Agnistambhasana), also known as Burning Log Pose, or Double Pigeon Pose, is an intermediate-level yoga pose that provides an intense stretch for the hips. That said, you will need some degree of hip flexibility to perform this pose safely. Firelog pose also helps to stretch the thighs, groin, and psoas muscles, and may stimulate the abdominal organs.
You should not perform this pose if you have chronic knee pain, or a recent knee or lower back injury.
To modify the pose, you may wish to place a folded blanket between the top knee and the foot.
Here’s how to do it, according to YogaBasics.com:
1. From a seated position, place the left foot or ankle on top of the right knee and slide the right foot forward until it is directly below the left knee. Do not do this pose if you feel any pain in the knees.
2. Inhale and press the hips down and reach the crown of the head up towards the ceiling. Drop the shoulders down and back and press the chest towards the front. Gently allow the knees to relax down towards the floor to open the hips.
3. Keeping the back flat and the chest open, exhale and gently reach your torso forward as far as comfortable and either hold onto the knees or walk your hands forward. If possible, let your head touch the floor.
4. Breathe and hold for 2-6 breaths.
5. Slowly inhale up and repeat on the other side.