Agnistambhasana, Fire Log Pose, Double Pigeon Pose, Knee to Ankle Pose, Square Pose
How to perform Agnistambhasana
To perform this pose you sit in Dandasana with your legs stretched out in front of you. Check your nostrils and if you are breathing from your right nostril, bend your left knee and place your leg in front of you on the floor. The calf will be at an angle of a little bit less than 90 degrees to your thigh. Now you bend your right knee, too, and place your right leg on top of your left leg. Make sure your right foot lies on your left knee and your right knee on your left foot. Stay in the posture for 30 to 40 seconds and then change your legs.
Advanced Variation Agnistambhasana
To get more advanced in this yoga pose, you can bend forward but try to keep your back as straight as possible.
If you want to bring more stretch into the position, bring your hands to your back, enlace your fingers and bring the straight arms upwards.
Benefits of Agnistambhasana
There are a number of benefits of this yoga pose, but it mainly stretches your hip muscles as well as your buttocks and groins. This stretch of your muscles gives a nice pull to your hip joints as well as it strengthens your legs and calves. Regular practice of this yoga pose brings flexibility to hips and groins.
Agnistambhasana is a yoga posture which helps you to relieve stress, tension and anxiety.
Tips and Help
If it is not comfortable for you to sit with your legs crossed or if you are not used to it or just a beginner, use a blanket, block or cushion under your buttocks.
When to avoid Agnistambhasana
You must consult your Dr. and yoga teacher before practicing this pose if you are suffering from back ord knee pain or you have had an injury on this part of your body.