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Yoga for Cyclists: Reclining Pigeon Pose

Heather Dowd
Posted by Heather Dowd on Aug 31, 2016 3:00:00 PM
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The pigeon pose has many benefits.  It stretches the thighs, groins and psoas, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and neck.  It stimulates the abdominal organs.  It also opens the shoulders and chest.  But many people find it difficult to get into this pose because of knee injuries or really tight hips, two common problems for cyclists!

Luckily, there is another more forgiving way to enjoy the benefits of pigeon pose: on your back.  This version is much easier on the knees and can relieve stiffness in the hips and lower back. 

Lie on your back with your knees bent and the soles of your feet on the floor.


Cross your right foot over your left knee, with your right knee sticking out to the side. Keep your right foot flexed to maintain the integrity of the knee.


Reach behind the hamstring on your left leg and hug it toward your chest as you open your right knee.  Let your shoulders rest on the mat.  Don’t hold yourself up in a crunch!


Hold from 30 seconds to two minutes on each side depending on flexibility. 

Tip: This pose can also be done against the wall.


What other yoga poses do you find helpful for cycling? Let us know in the comments!

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