If you have trouble doing double pigeon, try it while sitting on a yoga blocks or a low stool. Another option is to do screaming pigeon as a preparation.
In this glute stretch you sit with your shins stacked on top of each other like firewood. For a deeper glute stretch align the top foot with bottom knee and the top knee with bottom foot. Looking down from above, position your legs so that the fronts of your shins are parallel.
So that you can get your knees down focus on pressing your feet down. First press your bottom foot down. Then press your top foot down.
It is actually more difficult to get the knees down while sitting upright. However, bending forwards is a bit more "sensational."
To stretch your glutes throug a full range of motion do this leg stretch first while laying back on your elbows.
Hold for a minute or so. Then from there sit up tall and hold. Then bend forwards.
To add weight to the glute stretch while bending forwards lift your hands off of the floor.
To gradually add more weight first reach your arms to the sides, then slowly reach them forwards.
Keep your neck long and your chest open as you do so.
To vary the stretch you can reach your ribcage and arms towards the side of the bottom foot. Then reach to the opposite side.
In all variations, work at pressing both knees down. (Or as mentioned above, focus on pressing the feet down so that the knees press down as a result.)
For a combined glute stretch and chest stretch you can do double pigeon while in lapasana shoulder stretch pose.
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The standing forward bend yoga pose can be used to stretch or strengthen the hamstrings and glutes. It can also be used to stretch and strengthen the calves and as a balance exercise.
Yoga forward bends includes forwards bends for the hips and spine. Forward bends for the hips include both bent and straight straight positions.
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Some simple exercises so that you can work towards the pistol squat gradually.
Arm supported yoga poses can be used to strengthen the arms and shoulders. Includes plank, chaturanga dandasana, downward dog, dolphin pose, side plank, wheel, reverse plank, table top pose.
This sequence of seated yoga poses includes lotus and virasana variations, janu sirsasana and marichyasana variations as well as more basic seated poses like bound angle, pigeon and seated forward bend.
These hip flexor stretches open up the fronts of the hips and can be used as a preparation for front to back splits. Bent knee hip stretches can be used to focus on rectus fermoris.
Strengthen your hands, your arms, glutes and hamstrings with these standing forward bend variations.
The small actions in this standing psoas stretch can be used to stretch both the upper and lower fibers of the psoas muscle.
Variations of the standing psoas stretch that use the same basic actions.
Here's a break down of the steps of Ashtanga Yoga Surya Namaskar A to make this sun salutation easier to learn and remember.
A reclining psoas stretch I learned from a Richard Freeman Workshop. The better you understand your anatomy the easier it is to work on your body effectively.
The hip stretches included on this page can be used to stretch and improve flexibility of the hip flexors, hip extensors, adductors and abductors.
Friction and pressure are two simple techniques that I use to help my students get stronger and more flexible. These simple techniques also offer a roadway into not only learning how to activate your muscles, but getting a feel for them and your body. Three challenging yoga poses that I use these techniques in are chaturanga, front splits and side splits. While they might not help you get all the way down into the splits, they'll help you feel stronger, and more integrated as you work towards them. And because I've got to pay for my daughters schooling this week, I'm offering a discount on the frictional muscle control videos. (First 100 people only can save over 30%).
Active stretching teaches you muscle control to not only improve flexibility but also body awareness. You'll learn how to adjust postures for better feel as well as more control through a broader range of motion.
Standing exercises for low back pain plus anatomy that can affect the low back and how to use that anatomical understanding.
Experience your body (and understand it) with sensational yoga poses.
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These yoga poses for abs work on the abdominal muscles (and hips) in both standing positions and seated positions.
Here are the Ashtanga Standing Pose Vinyassas, with inhale movements highlighted in red.