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Kapotasana or Pigeon Pose is a kneeling back-bending asana in modern yoga as exercise. Physically, it stretches the hip flexors, opens gluteus minimus and maximus, and relaxes the piriformis and psoas muscles. Internally, it stimulates the abdominal organs and aids in digestion.
# Front knee in line.
There are many possible reasons for knee pain in pigeon pose but the pain often comes due to the alignment of the bones of the leg negatively affecting the ligaments of the knee. The knee is a strict hinge joint with no play side to side. The hinge needs to be maintained no matter how you place the leg in the pose.
# Lengthen up through spine before extending over front leg.
Press your fingertips into the floor beside your hips, and lengthen up through your spine. Draw the back-leg side of your belly toward the front-leg side and lift your back thigh up without lifting your back knee up. Move your front outer hip back.
# Back foot extends straight out in line with the hip.
# Hips Square to front mat.Work on squaring your hips and the front side of your torso to the front of your mat. Draw down through your front-leg shin and balance your weight evenly between your right and left hips. Flex your front foot. Press down through the tops of all five toes of the back foot.
# Find comfortable position for arms to rest.
# Tailbone extends back as breastbone.
# Should relax away from the ears.
To get full release in the hips, breathe and release the belly. Stay in this position anywhere from 10 breaths to five minutes.