Agnistambhasana: Firelog Pose
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.
Philosophy + Origin
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.
- 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.
- Sit cross-legged with your right shin in front of your left.
- Shift your shins forward so they are about parallel with your mat.
- 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.
- Use your hands to help lift your right shin on top of your left shin, right ankle on top of your left knee.
- 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.
- Hold for up to a minute, then return to a neutral seat. Repeat on the other side.
- Bound angle pose | Baddha konasana
- Easy pose | Sukhasana
- Supine figure four
- Lotus pose | Padmasana
- Long horn pose | Dirghasrngasana
- Cow face pose | Gomukhasana
- Bharadvaja’s twist I | Bharadvajasana I
- Seated forward fold | Paschimottanasana
- Bridge pose | Setu bandha sarvangasana
- Agni = fire
- Stambha = logs
- Asana = pose
- Stretches the outer hips.
- Thought to release tension in mind and body.
- Thought to build digestive fire.
Ustrasana: Camel Pose
ADJUSTMENTS | BENEFITS | MANTRA | MUDRA | PREP POSES | SANSKRIT | STEPS
Ustrasana (oosh-TRAHS-anna), offers a long list of benefits for both the physical and subtle bodies. Thanks to its many different variations and modifications, there are plenty of ways for individuals of all levels to appreciate the chest-opening and chakra-opening effects of camel pose.
Philosophy + Origin
Camel pose is named because the shape resembles the hump on a camel’s back, however there are other ways to consider the name when approaching the posture. Camels are known for their slow, steady, almost methodical way of moving. Rather than trying to race into the posture, moving slowly and methodically will help you find its benefits safely. Camels use their humps as food reserves, like well-packed bags ready to be used when needed. This type of physical preparation, a part of the camel’s natural adaptation for survival, is essential for this pose as well. Take your time to gather and practice the skills and knowledge necessary to take a back-bending journey to ensure that you come in and out of the posture with ease and poise.