The Fire Log Pose helps to stretch the exterior hips strongly especially the piriformis that causes the sciatic pain.
Name in Sanskrit: Agnistambhasana
It extends the groins and hip.
Those who have knee injury and low back injury.
HOW TO PRACTICE THIS ASANA
While sitting on the thick blanket you’ve folded, bend your knees and place your feet over the floor. Shrug the shoulders lightly and roll your tops of the bones of the upper arm back. Push the tip of the bottom of the scapulas inward to the back.
Bring the left foot beneath the right leg toward the exterior of your right hip. Then lay the outside leg over the floor. Now, lay the right leg over the top of your left. Ensure your right ankle stays outside your left knee. This will let the sole be in a perpendicular position to the floor.
For those who have flexible hips, place your left shin to he front and straight under your right to improve the challenge. If you can’t, ensure your left heel is beside your right hip.
For those have tight hips, bringing the ankle near the exterior knee is uncomfortable and difficult. So, with the shins put in the Easy Pose, sit.
Push between the heels and extend the toes. The front body should be kept long. Breathe out and fold to the front from the groins. Ensure you don round your belly forward by keeping the space within your navel and the pubis long. Place the hands on the floor in front of the shins.
Notice your body rising when you inhale. Extend the pubis to the sternum. And after the next breathing out, fold deeper.
Stay in the pose for minimum of a minute. Breathe out the body upright and loose the legs you crossed to move from the pose. Do the same period of time with your left leg over the top.
How to do the Fire Log Pose (Agnistambhasana)
Releasing the hip will get easy if you grip the thigh at the crease of the hip, and rotating forcefully to the exterior before bending to the front.
Joanne Lipston is a certified Yin Yoga teacher in United States, passionate about the transformative power of this practice. With a dedication to promoting strength, flexibility, and mindfulness, Joanne creates an energetic and supportive environment in her classes.