Flying Pigeon is one of those poses that will stand out in my memory forever. I was in shock the first time I saw a teacher demonstrate this arm balance. She was effortless, and shockingly tiny for such a seemingly powerful pose. I knew it had to be mine. I proceeded to try with zero success and left baffled.
With time, practice, and fantastic teachers, I eventually wrapped my brain around the mechanics of the posture and now love it. Mastering an advanced asana like this one isn’t as simple as just doing the pose—you have to understand the different components needed to turn it into a whole. In the following sequence, I’ve broken down the core work needed to maintain the pose, ways to open and strengthen the hip (since this is such a massive opener), and a pose to challenge balance as it is a low-flying posture. Then I’ll wrap it all up with the full burrito—how to tackle the peak pose itself.
Enjoy and be patient. Remember that working any of these preps will only make you stronger, just accept that your body will deliver exactly what it can and should be doing in this moment.