Agnistambhasana (Fire Log OR Double Pigeon Pose)
Fire Log Pose
Double Pigeon Pose
Due to excessive sitting in chairs, with poor posture, and a screen in front of the face, we have become a society filled with stress. Agnistambhasana offers relief through stretching the hips deeply, as well as cultivating a calm, steady place within your mind.
Fire Log Pose demands that we lift up through the heart, while sinking down into the hips. We must cultivate a deep, inner observance of what is happening in the pose in order to fully surrender to the deep opening in both hips simultaneously.
Stretches the hips, psoas, glutes, inner thighs, groin, ankles, quadriceps and hamstrings. Agnistambhasana, also known as Double Pigeon Pose, is a very deep hip opener.
The pose can also help the practitioner to stretch the hard-to-get-to piriformis muscle, that sits slightly behind other major muscles, and is one that even massage practitioners have a hard time getting to. The piriformis is one of six muscles that assist in the rotation of the hip joint, and can easily become tight from different repetitive motions such as sitting or running. Many people who have issues with their hamstrings can benefit from stretching the piriformis muscle.
This pose can also stimulate the digestive system, as well as the lymphatic system, encouraging the immune system to function properly. This pose is highly focused on having a tall, aligned spine, as well as the importance of breathing deeply while in the pose. When one is able to lean forward in the pose, the abdominal muscles are compressed, and when one comes back out of the pose there is a flushing effect in the entire digestive system.
One of the most common places people store emotions in the body, is in the hips. When we stack the legs on top of one another, and observe the symbolism of building a fire, we can draw inward to our deepest desires. By asking oneself what needs to be burned up in his or her life, an opportunity arises to try something new.
Not recommended for people with lower back or hip injuries.
This is an intermediate pose that requires warming up the hips, psoas and groin appropriately before you attempt it.
Due to potential compression in the abdomen it is important to practice on an empty stomach, and it may be a good idea to wait 3-4 hours after eating to practice the pose.
Going into the Pose
Meera Watts is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, Yoganonymous, OMtimes and others. She’s also the founder and owner of Siddhi Yoga International, a yoga teacher training school based in Singapore. Siddhi Yoga runs intensive, residential trainings in India (Rishikesh, Goa and Dharamshala), Indonesia (Bali) and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur).