Pigeon is a yoga pose we all love to hate. Its dynamics are intense and liberating at the same time.
This pose can aid in a laundry list of issues and symptoms, but for many, pigeon is a pose that we often just flop into with no real direction or understanding of how we should position our body and why.
Pigeon is about unlocking our deepest fears, traumas, and anxieties, a pose that releases the pressures put on our lower two chakras. These lower two chakras, the root and the sacral, house our relationships with ourselves and our relationship between you and me (one-on-one). Our needs for survival, intimacy, trust, and stability reside here.
It’s been my observation that we’re a society in dire need of grounding, and releasing and developing trust. It will be difficult to trust others if you don’t trust yourself.
Having spent most of my life in recovery, I never really understood what that meant until I myself realized that I did not trust myself, honor myself and (to be blunt) like or love myself in any shape or form. The anxiety I’d feel in pigeon was the same anxiety I was feeling in life, in those tight uncomfortable situations. As I practiced and journeyed down the road of recovery, I began to notice a huge parallel in the two experiences.
To me, a big part of yoga is allowing yourself to feel.
I don’t just mean coming into class, flying around your mat for 75 minutes, and then laying down and calling it a day. Feeling on your mat means that you get in touch with your emotions, but also feel in your body what is actually going on, both on a physical level and an internal level. As we better understand what a pose is trying to offer us, we can then better appreciate the need for it and maybe even sustain a longer period of time in the pose.
For many people, their pigeon is lost from the nest with little awareness as to where to go. They are just mimicking the gestures of the other pigeons, hoping it is right.
I have come to understand and appreciate that not all poses are created equal. When your body can’t do something you want it to do, it will compensate with another body part. I like to make sure students are very clear about why they are moving in certain ways and what they might be feeling.