🐦THE GREAT PIGEON CHALLENGE🐦
With all the time that we are going to spend isolated and sitting during the quarentine of COVID 19, the Pigeon against the wall Yoga pose (also known as the Screaming Pigeon) is very importante to practice.
At a physical level this postura stretches the anterior part of the body, freeing up the lumbar area, relaxing internal organs as well as working directly with the ilia-psoas, the muscle of the soul. The ilia psoas is directly connected with the head of the femur bone. Due to its connection with the leg, it is the first muscle that is activated in the survival instinct of FIGHT and FLIGHT. For this reason, when there is stress and fear, this muscle tenses up automatically causing problems in the lumbar region, digestion as well as kidney problems. In fact, in Chinese medicine, pain located in the lumbar region is associated with the functioning of the kidneys which is connected with the emotion of fear.
Therefore, with everything that is occurring with COVID 19 at a health, social and economic level, I am sure that everyone has a bit of stress and fear that they need to leg go of! To release and prevent problems at both a physical and psychological level, I invite everyone to practice this pose EVERY DAY, integrating it into your daily practice.
👉Do this pose with a lot of COMPASSION. With AHIMSA -WITHOUT VIOLENCE. It can be very intense at first.
👉👉 Make sure that you have the back knee stuck to the wall so you do not put pressure over the knee cap. ALWAYS keep the coccyx moving forward, lengthening the sacrum, dropping down the sit bone to free up the front groin and keep the sacrum aligned. Make sure that the neck, jaw and shoulders are relaxed. Following these directions you should experiment NO pain in the lumbar region. Use a mirror to help you observer bone alignment.
👉👉👉 Star with you hands on the ground and bit by bit start to come up, bringing the sacrum closer to the wall, NOT YOUR HEAD. The base of the spine needs to lead the pose, not the skull. ALWAYS respect the instructions given above. ( You can see a great example of the process above…thank you the Karmuka Yoga students Jorge y Maria Del Mar for the photo!)
👉👉👉👉Try and maintain the pose one minute each side. Entering bit by bit, playing with, never forcing, the stretch…and you will see, one day your sacrum will touch the wall!
When we return to having classes in person, I will see who accepted the challenge and who did not because…
🌀THE BODY NEVER LIES! 🌀
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