Happy Knees in Pigeon Pose

Rachel Scott
Instructor Rachel Scott
Average: 5 (23 votes)
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Pigeon pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana) has the potential to cause problems in the knee because it is weight-bearing and depends on flexibility in the hip. Rachel takes you through the most common alignment principles to be mindful of in Pigeon Pose.


MariamS 1 year ago

Thank you Rachel! I've been unsure about my alignment in pigeon pose for a while now. This and your other video on chaturanga dandasana were much needed.

VaclavK 5 years ago

I have been doing it wrong all the time then! thank you!

bradkrupsaw 5 years ago

This video contains excellent advice. For years I've been hearing instructors say "flex your foot" when doing pigeon, but they never took into account what Rachel here points out: that the knee must work as a hinge and that if you flex your foot when not in full-fledged pigeon, you must rotate your shin and therefore put the knee at risk by breaking away from the hinge movement. This video contains timeless advice for all yoga practitioners. Thank you!

WikiRiki 5 years ago

This is awesome! I loooove yoga, but had knee surgery 8 months ago. As I try to get back into the swing of things, it is information like this that I desperately need.

seekingkim 6 years ago

Not flexing my foot makes so much sense! Thank you. My knees thank you!!