Reclined Pigeon Pose (Supta Kapotasana) with a Block

Reclined Pigeon is a great relaxing pose that can gently help to open the hips, releasing tension in the lower body. It can help to relieve symptoms of sciatica and improve digestion, while improving circulation in the hips, lower back, and legs.

Using a block to help prop up the front leg helps students relax deeper into this posture.

Reclined Pigeon Pose with a Block: How to Do it Step-by-Step

Step 1

Come to your back and place your feet on the wall with your knees bent. Cross your right ankle over the left thigh, keeping the hips balanced. Place a block under your right thigh to support the leg, and let any weight fall be supported by the block.

Step 2

Find a good balance between drawing your left knee toward you and your right knee away from you. Once you’ve found that balance, open the arms into a T-shape and rest in this posture. Remain here for 1-5 minutes.

Step 3

To come out of this pose, move the block away, then place both feet on the wall before repeating on the other side.