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.
Make your yoga poses less wobbly with less effort. Grounding and centering are two techniques for creating stability in yoga poses.
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.
Rather than fighting through joint pain here is an overview of the approach that I've used to help alleviate hip pain, knee pain or shoulder joint pain while doing yoga poses.
Make balancing easier. Use pressure sensitivity to feel your center of gravity.
A yoga approach to how to do squats including how to stay balanced, and avoiding knee or hip pain even while going all the way down.
Camel Yoga Pose or ustrasana is a kneeling pose that can be used to stretch the hip flexors. One key action that may help in getting your pelvis forwards more is pushing your hands forwards, either against your feet or against the floor.
The transverse abdominis can have an affect on sacroiliac joint stability as well as stability of the lumbar spine and the T12/L1 junction.
Fluid tensegrity joint anatomy looks at the tendency of the body to maintain space within the joints. The question is, how is this space maintained?
Why improve body awareness? So that you can use your body more effectively and fix problems yourself when they arise.
How is tensegrity maintained at the joints even as the body adopts non-tensegrity postures or movements?
Why being present is the oppositve of thinking and how to utilize both modes effecively.
Pigeon yoga pose variations include lifting the front hip and resting it on the floor. Learn how to activate the front hip in either variation for better hip control and more effective stretching.
Creating tensegrity in yoga poses. What is tensegrity, why should we aim to achieve it when doing yoga or any other activity where mindfullness is required?
Obturator externus anatomy for yoga teachers. If you have hip pain in forward bends and your hip feels weak, obturator externus may be the culprit.
Yoga stretches for tight hamstrings. Learn to feel when your legs are active and when they are relaxed so that you can gradually stretch tight hamstrings.
An experienced yogi's yoga pose has a sense of bigness. How do you as a beginner add bigness to your yoga poses?
Basic yoga sequence for flexibility. Includes hip, hamstring, quad stretches and neck stretches and recovery exercises.
Back strengthening yoga poses can be used to strengthen the back of the body including hamstrings, glutes and both the lower and upper back.
A look at getting your feet off of the wall and balancing in handstand plus tips for greater arm stability.
Yoga pose sequences for flexibility and strength. These sequences can be used for improving hip and shoulder flexibility and strength.