Flying Pigeon Pose is actually one of the first advanced poses I ever tried. I saw it in Yoga Journal and thought I might be able to pull it off but didn’t want anyone to see me fail. So I locked myself in my boss’ office and gave it a shot. I was so excited when I did it – but there was no one to share the joy with! Months later, I still need to lift my back foot higher. And I’m still excited when I feel my back toes lift off the ground.
Flying Pigeon Pose is easier for me than Crow Pose. Don’t ask. Flying Pigeon Pose strengthens the shoulders, wrists, arms and core while stretching your hips and legs. The pose can also help to improve balance and confidence. I get a little high (no pun intended) every time I pull it off.
Begin in Tree Pose, standing on one leg. Move your foot from your inner thigh, putting your ankle above the opposite knee. Bend your standing knee and fold forward, bringing your palms to the floor. Bend your elbows like Chaturanga arms and hook the toes of that foot on the opposite upper arm. Bring the weight of the body forward as the standing foot comes off. Start to straighten the leg behind you. Play around with lifting your foot up while keeping your arms at 90°
Be patient with yourself with this pose and any arm balance, really. I keep coming back to the fact that Crow is hard for me not to whine but to illustrate the point that what is super easy for one person can be next to impossible for another. And if this simply will not happen for you, you can always keep your back leg bent and go for Flying Baby Pigeon Pose!