HOW TO: Reclined Pigeon Pose (Supta Kapotasana)

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This is a very gentle, relaxing yoga pose that can help relieve back pain and soothe abdominal cramping. It’s gentle enough to do after a big meal or right before bed.

Instructions:
Begin by lying on your back with your legs bent and the soles of your feet on the mat, close to your sitting bones.

Lift your left leg and cross it over your right, bringing the ankle several inches above the knee of the right leg.

Lift your right foot off of the mat and wrap your hands around your right thigh, interlacing your fingers.

Begin to gently pull your knees towards your chest.

Remain in this pose as long as is comfortable and then repeat on the other side.

Benefits: 
Deeply stretches the hips, thighs, and glutes

Opens the low back

Improves circulation through the hips, legs, and back

Increases blood flow to the pelvis and surrounding organs, helping to relieve digestive discomfort and menstrual pains.

Relieves stress and soothes anxiety

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