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A basic yoga pose, Pigeon is one of the most effective hip openers because you can focus on one hip at a time. If you want an even deeper hip stretch, Eoin suggests going for Double Pigeon Pose.

  • From Seated Forward Bend, place your hands down on the mat on either side of your legs, bend your right knee, and extend your left leg behind. Pull the right heel in toward your left hip, or if your hips are more open, inch your right foot away from you. Make sure your left hip is always pointing down toward the mat. If it begins to open up toward the ceiling, draw your right foot back in toward your body.
  • Stay here with your hands resting on your right thigh or your hips, or walk your hands out in front of you, allowing your torso to rest over your right knee. Hold here, breathing into any areas of tightness and tension for at least five breaths.
  • Repeat this pose with the left knee bent.

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