Agnistambhasana: Firelog Pose

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Agnistambhasana (AG-nee-stahm-BAHS-ah-nah) is sometimes referred to as double pigeon pose because the legs take a similar shape as they do in pigeon pose. Firelog pose creates a deep stretch in the outer hips and space in the low back.

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Fire (agni) is a transformative element. Agnistambhasana can be very uncomfortable as many people carry deep tension in their hips. See if you can feel the fire building in your hips and with your breath as you hold this pose.

ADJUSTMENTS/MODIFICATIONS:

  • Sit on a folded blanket or block to create more space for your hips.
  • Place your top leg in front of your bottom leg (rather than on top of it) to ease pressure on the knees.
  • Use a block under your top ankle to release pressure on your bottom leg.
  • Use a block under your top knee to help the hip relax and to relieve discomfort in the knee.

STEP-BY-STEP:

  1. Sit cross-legged with your right shin in front of your left.
  2. Shift your shins forward so they are about parallel with your mat.
  3. Flex your feet and scootch the soles of your feet closer to the edges of your mat, so your right ankle is about under your left knee, and your left ankle is about under your right knee.
  4. Use your hands to help lift your right shin on top of your left shin, right ankle on top of your left knee.
  5. Sit up tall or start to hinge forward at your hips. If folding forward, walk your hands out on the ground in front of you.
  6. Hold for up to a minute, then return to a neutral seat. Repeat on the other side.

PREPARATORY POSES:

SEQUENTIAL POSES:

  • Lotus pose | Padmasana
  • Long horn pose | Dirghasrngasana
  • Cow face pose | Gomukhasana

COUNTER POSES:

SANSKRIT:

  • Agni = fire
  • Stambha = logs
  • Asana = pose

BENEFITS:

  • Stretches the outer hips.
  • Thought to release tension in mind and body.
  • Thought to build digestive fire.


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Hanumanasana: Front Splits Pose

ADJUSTMENTS    |     BENEFITS    |     SEQUENCING    |     SANSKRIT    |     STEPS

Hanumanasana (hah-new-mahn-AHS-ah-nah) honors the great leap made by Hanuman, the famous monkey god from the Ramayana, across the ocean from India to the mountains of Sri Lanka. Front splits pose demands flexibility, strength, and stability.

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More than just an incredible leap, Hanuman is remembered, celebrated, and worshiped because of his great devotion and courage. To be devoted, one must be bold enough to stand firmly in their beliefs, selflessly serving others and putting others’ needs above their own.

Because of its physical demands, it’s easy to get caught up in “achieving” the outward appearance of the posture. As such, it’s important to keep your ego in check as you dedicate yourself to the posture. Above all, invite kindness and selflessness to flow freely from the posture. As you practice, ask yourself how you can embody Hanuman’s devotion both in your physical yoga practice and your everyday life.

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