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Pigeon: King of the Hip Openers

  • Triyoga 57 Jamestown Rd London, NW1 7DB United Kingdom (map)

Pigeon pose is one of yoga’s most effective asanas when it comes to unraveling the hips, a complex cluster of big bone, thick muscle, wiry tendon and strong ligament. Easing tension in the hip socket where stress pools can be very satisfying both on a physical and emotional level.

 This workshop will explore the many variations of Pigeon, which are about as numerous as the birds themselves populating Trafalgar Square. We will practice them all from the quiet forward folding Eka Pada Rajokaptasana to the dynamic arm balance Galavasana and even the backbend Kapotasana, taking modifications as and when necessary.

You will learn:

  • How the pelvis is the central hub of movement
  • How to more keenly observe -- and detach yourself from -- the sensations that arise as you unlock the hips
  • How to align yourself better by stabilising the pelvis before expanding the upper body away from it
  • What props to use to assist yourself to maintain alignment and be more comfortable in your effort

For 15 years Genny has practiced yoga, most of it daily with Hamish Hendry who has taught her all of Ashtanga’s Primary, Second and Third Series. Never naturally flexible in the hip, she appreciates the difficulties these postures pose both physically and mentally. Genny, a former journalist, writes regularly on the state of contemporary yoga, and is pursuing her M.A. from SOAS in Traditions of Yoga and Mediation.

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Earlier Event: June 11
Vinyasa Flow Beginner's Course
Later Event: January 9
Pigeon: The King of Hip Openers