Two Pigeons

For people who have lower back issues, tight glutes, or for people who develop knee pain – another yoga pose I use quite a bit is the Pigeon Pose. The pigeon pose is a basic-to-intermediate yoga pose that most people can do. Like all the Pigeon family of poses, the main muscles (and connective tissue) it stretches and relaxes are the hamstrings, glutes (especially the glute medius and Maximus), the piriformis (a muscle directly over the sciatic nerve in the back), and the IT band on the outside of the leg. Move and relax these and for most people, the pain goes away and movement gets easier.

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