Even at the risk of sounding like a very cliché yoga instructor, I must admit that I am grateful for doublepigeon. No, I was not born with open hips and running over 60 miles a week for several years certainly did not open my hips. I am not a masochist or someone who adheres to a “no pain, no gain” philosophy. There are even days when my top knee is several inches above my bottom ankle. Nevertheless, I am grateful for double pigeon. Here are the top three reasons for my gratitude:
- It is an effective hip-opener. No matter how deep I go into the shape, I enjoy the benefits of the hip and low back release.
- It reminds me of the importance the depth of experience as opposed to physical depth into the actual asana. There was a long time when I would try to force my knee to my ankle and become numb to sensation. Since I was forcing, my hips resisted and would not open. Nowadays, I know that the hips cannot be forced open, so I take my time and enjoy (ok, at least experience) the sensations of the hip release. As I let go into this process rather than force it, my hips release faster.
- It fully engages my attention. On days when I have done a lot of standing or activity, the intense sensation in the outer hip obliges me to pay full attention to the moment at hand. It is an incredibly strong reminder that I am alive and that I *get* to open my hips.