Yoga Pose Breakdown: Agnistambhasana - Fire Log Pose

Sanskrit Name: Agnistambhasana
Agni = Fire
Stambha = Statue
Asana = Pose 

Get Started: 

  • Sit on a thick blanket or yoga mat with your knees bent and your feet on the floor
  • Roll your shoulders toward your ears and then release them down your spine, widening through your chest
  • Slide your right foot under your left leg to the outside of your left hip and then lay the outer leg on the floor
  • Stack your left leg on top of your right, ensuring that the left ankle is outside the right knee (sole perpendicular to the floor)
  • If you are flexible in the hips, slide your right shin forward directly below the left to increase the challenge
  • Option to place a block under your left knee
  • Press through your heels and spread your toes
  • Keep your torso long
  • Option to fold forward from your groins while keeping a space between your pubis and naval

Benefits: Fire Log Pose stretches the hips and the groins, stimulates the abdominal organs, strengthens the legs and calves and calms the mind.

Contradictions: Be careful practicing this pose if you have a low back or knee injury.

Know Your Asana: This pose is all about feeling the burn in your hips. This pose is not for everyone. For some people, taking Figure Four or Half Pigeon is a better option. This pose is also called Double Pigeon and Full Pigeon. 

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