Finding Joy in Movement

Agnistambhasana/ Fire Log Pose

Fire Log Pose (sometimes called double pigeon) is a deep outer hip stretch that for many requires a lot of modifications to hold comfortably. The good news is that the modifications are relatively straight forward and once you get comfortably set up, it can be deeply rewarding.

To start, sit down and extend the legs out to the side. Bend the left leg and bring the left foot as far to the right of the center line as the knee is to the left. Ideally, the shin is parallel to the front of the mat, though bringing the foot closer to the hips will help release the stretch if needed. Next, bend the right leg and place the right shin on top of the left. The right foot should be directly over the left knee (if the shins are parallel), or over the left thigh (if the feet are closer to the hips). The right knee will then be directly over the left foot or over the left thigh. Another way to release the stretch is to bring the knees further apart. The feet would then rest on the shins to the inside of the knees. If the shins don’t stack comfortably and/or the left knee doesn’t rest on the floor, you can take a blanket and place it underneath either knee to provide some support.

This can be plenty, just sitting upright and breathing into the pose. For those that want to go deeper, inhale to lengthen the spine, then lean forward from the hips and fold over the shins. As you come forward try to actively roll the thighs outward (you can take your thumbs to the inner hip crease to assist with this if you like). Reach forward from the belly button, then the sternum and walk the hands forward on the mat. Once you have found your edge bending forward with a straight spine, feel free to round the back a bit and relax into the pose.

Stay for as long as you like, then repeat for the same amount of time on the second side.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you or see you at one of my classes!

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