Reclined Figure-4 Pose

I first fell in love with reclined Figure-4 pose when I learned that it is really just a variation of pigeon pose.

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 AKA:

  • Supta Eka Pada Utkatasana (Sanskrit)
  • “Reclining One Foot Fierce Pose”

Benefits:

  • Hip flexibility
  • Increased joint rotation

Set Up

  • Lay on your back
  • Bend your knees and rest your feet on the floor

Instructions

  1. Leave your left foot on ground
  2. Bring your right ankle to rest on your left thigh, right above your knee

To Deepen The Stretch

  1. Interlace your fingers behind your left thigh
  2. Gently pull your left thigh closer towards your body

Caution:

  • Flex through both feet to protect your knees
  • Keep your right shin is parallel to both the ground and the end of your mat

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