Asana of the month: Agnistambhasana (Fire Log or Double Pigeon Pose)


Each month we choose a pose to focus on in each class through strong attention to alignment, variations, and/or modifications as a way to grow and expand our yogic horizons.

While, presumably, the name “Fire Log Pose” reflects the fact that the practitioner’s shins resemble two firelogs stacked one upon the other, I have heard more than one student mutter (typically while in the pose) that the name really means “pose in which my outer hips and buttocks feel like they’re on fire.”

Agnistambhasana (aka Fire Log Pose or Double Pigeon Pose):
Agni = fire
Stambha = statue

Benefits (according to Yoga Journal):

  • Stretches the hips, groins and buttocks
  • Stimulates the abdominal organs (if practioner folds forward)
  • Therapeutic for anxiety, tension, and stress

Cautions/Contraindications:

  • Knee injury
  • Low back injury

Preparatory Poses:

  • Sukhasana
  • Baddha Konasana
  • Supta Baddha Konasana
  • Gomukhasana
  • Ardha Matsyendrasna
Song that Most Comes to Mind While in the Posture:
The Lemonheads, covering ― “I Just Can’t Take It Anymore”

One thought on “Asana of the month: Agnistambhasana (Fire Log or Double Pigeon Pose)

  1. Anonymous

    November 12, 2011 at 5:59am

    I love love love that the Lemonheads come to mind during this pose. In the past week I’ve come to really appreciate this pose, and now I’m totally going to be hearing Evan Dando’s honey-sweet voice when I do it.

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