Balance Your Heart: Day Five!

I am not going to lie – I will be sad when this challenge is over (only three more days).  Even though I dislike having to take photos of me doing my poses I’ve come to find that, surprisingly, they are extremely helpful!  Can’t beat physical evidence when you need to see where you’ve come from and where you’re going, right?

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Today’s pose is One-legged King Pigeon Pose which is probably my most favorite of all the yoga poses.  It opens the heart, throat and neck and when you settle into this pose I imagine it feeling like all kinds of positive energy is being allowed into the body.  Of course, I wouldn’t know because I cannot get my  back foot off the floor. I have tried to come into the pose (in the full version the hands reach behind and grab hold of the foot) but for the life of me, cannot do it.  I’m calling on all you yogis out there for a link or SOME kind of directional article on what to do from this stage.  I have searched and come up empty handed. I’d greatly appreciate it!  xo

8 thoughts on “Balance Your Heart: Day Five!

  1. Vickie

    I personally leave foot down to protect my lower back.

    You can start raising it slowly, with props not your hands, to get your body adjusted. So firm pillow or bolster. As time goes on, increase the height of the props to raise foot. The props allow you to really be held, feel very secure, your body can then adjust to new positioning. 5-10 minutes regularly in a supported pose does wonders. Teaches your body and mind.

    You can then work up to using a strap.

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    1. Vickie

      Iyengar yoga taught me how to use props. I took classes for several years. Really wonderful. That form comes with me each time I practice. I use props easily and quickly. I am always amused when non Iyengar teachers start giving instruction based on what they see me do in their class. It happens all the time.

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      1. Ellen Post author

        what great tips, Vickie – thank you! I cannot for the life of me peel that foot off the floor on my own. I don’t know what it is! If someone were to lift it for me it wouldn’t hurt, but doing it on my own is just impossible at this point. I could probably set up the props first and then settle into the pose with my back foot already resting on them, couldn’t I? I just thought of that as an option. Hmm…

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          1. Vickie

            http://yoga.about.com/c/ec/19.htm

            This site appears to email a yoga pose each day, starting with the most basic.

            I think photographing is a really great tool to examine positioning. I know it is very un yoga like, because we are not even supposed to use a mirror, but I have often thought instructors might photograph students on occasion.

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  2. Lynn B

    I love Pigeon Pose too! I think placing a block or blanket under the seat bone of your front (bent) leg might give you a little stability while you learn to transition to Mermaid Pose (or a variation). Basically, you are just bending the knee of your back leg…don’t think of lifting your foot but simply bending your knee. If by chance you are pressing down into the mat with your back leg it will seem impossible, which is why I suggest using a block so you can take some of the weight off of your back leg. Also, have you attempted to get into Pigeon from table pose but first drawing the heel of what will become your back leg into your butt before positioning your front leg? Hard to explain but regardless…if you can bend your knee to your butt in table then maybe your mind can wrap itself around the concept of being able to bend the knee in Pigeon? Best of luck!

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