there’s more than one way to skin a pigeon….

I appreciate everyone reading my blog about pigeon pose, but a dear friend sent me a message on FB and asked about the position of the foot and some other folks texted & emailed similar questions. So I took some pictures  last night showing the different foot positions in pigeon.

The main question was “is the foot supposed to be flexed if it’s tucked under?”…. and well, no it’s not. If it’s tucked under then you can’t flex it, and if it’s tucked under then you dont need to. 

Getting your position right  (right for you that is) in pigeon has several factors that affect it, how tight or open are your hips? What level of toque are your knees able to take? And hows your core strength?

As you come into Pigeon (we are on the Left side) you want to bring the Left knee forward BUT angled out towards the Left hand. Not dead center of your hands. By taking the knee on an angle your Left foot usually ends up somewhere under the RIGHT thigh. Now assess the pose from here before you go any further…. hows your hip? Is it pretty close to the mat? High up in the air or somewhere in between? Also begin to have a conversation with your knee. Because you can, very slowly and in stages, take the left shin forward, as if someday that shin will be parallel to the front edge of the mat. As the knee creeps forward over time (weeks, months, years perhaps) that’s when you begin to flex the foot. As the knee makes it way forward there is more torque and flexing the foot protects that knee.

So here are the pic’s, neither is wrong, it just shows the example of when you need to flex the foot.



 notice the knee slightly angled and the foot under the thigh








on this one the knee is further out and forward, notice the foot



**and yea we need new carpet or maybe I should just vacuum…nahhh

Om Shanti


Viva La Pigeon

No! Not those pigeons…….

Pigeon Pose!

That glorious, wonderful, can-be-oh-so-painful pose!

But really, who doesn’t love pigeon pose… or at least have a love-hate relationship with it. I love Pigeons, seated, supine, King pigeon, melting pigeon and the ever wonderful….twisted pigeon.  Pigeon pose is a great hip opener (esp for IT band & Piriformis issues) back bend and chest opener, depending on how you interpret & implement the pose. The pose most seen in class is Rajakapotasana (Raja meaning ‘King’, Kapota meaning ‘Pigeon’, asana means ‘pose’ or ‘seat’). To get into the pose;
1. From the Table or Down Dog (DD is best if your body is cool with that), bring the right knee forward toward the right wrist and bring the right foot a little over to the left. Slide the left leg back, lowering the hips towards the floor.
2. Rest hands or fingertips lightly on the floor,  inhale and reach the crown of the head up, creating length in the spine. Exhale and sink the hips a little lower. Press the heart center forward and release any tension in the shoulders.
3. Go only as deep into the posture as you can while still maintaining full deep breathing. Hold for 3-6 breaths.
4. To come out of the pose; gently support your weight with the hands as you slide the right knee back into Table or step the right foot back into Down Dog. Best pose/counter pose EVER. Pigeon to Down Dog…Yummy.
5. Be sure you do the other side… i.e. Left knee towards left hand ect..
A few tips for Pigeon;
     *use those prop guys, pigeon is an essential pose, use the props to keep it accessible for you! Place a folded blanket under your hip if there is a lot of space between you  and the floor, it will help support you
     *let your breath be your guide, if it’s shallow or shaky you might be too deep in the pose or struggling to hard, just back out a bit
     *keep the foot of the forward leg, flexed. That activates the muscle in the shin (tibalis anterior) that helps tp protect your knee
     *pigeon can be tough if you have knee issues, there are alternatives, such as supine or seated pigeon.

 a lovely example of supine pigeon, perfect if the full version is too much for your hips or back

 seated pigeon, great if up have very tight hips, knee issues or just have trouble getting up and down from the floor.

Sunday Haiku………….August 18 2012

lace dragonfly wings 
gossamer light and silky
butterfly kisses





I have a love affair with Dragonflies, I always have. And dont tell anyone, but I admit that deep down, below my analytic side, I believe they are Fairy Kings and Queens and therefore have mystical powers. And seeing one or two might be common in the summer, but seeing many in one day or to see a ‘swarm’ of them surround your car is a ‘sign’. A sign of what I dont know,  but seeing them this weekend, several around town and a ‘swarm’ around my car after leaving a weekend of yoga training and then seeing a beautiful picture on a blog buddies page, well I’m just waiting for something auspicious to happen. 🙂

Here is Sandy’s beautiful blog


Namaste Lovlies!


Om Shanti



Have you tried turning it off and on again?

You know the human mind is the greatest computer. Well of course you know that.  The human brain is capable of making 100 trillion calculations per second. And your mind is capable of thinking amazing, complex thoughts. Some of the thoughts are positive, some are not. When the less than stellar thoughts keep looping around over and over and over again keeping you trapped in old patterns  of behavior, you need to know that you are capable of changing your programming.

You can Re-write your personal algorithm.

When our thoughts no longer serve us, when the ideas we have are antiquated, when that grove we’re stuck in keeps taking us back to the beginning, never allowing us to move forward, then we have the option to ‘reboot’. If  our thoughts keep us hardwired into patterns of behavior we have at our finger tips, ‘ctrl-alt – delete‘ , the 3 finger salute  to thoughts, ideas and concepts that no longer serve us or the universe.

And unlike the actual PC at your desk you can reboot your system yourself. No need to call the IT dept, we can learn to recognize when a thought has become a loop, a grove in a record. And when those thoughts come up again & again, always generating the same  psycho-neuro-spiritual response. We can activate ctrl-alt – delete.

Ctrl your breathing. Pranayama. Learning the different breathing techniques yoga offers can help us to slow down those speeding thoughts before they become a train wreck. Just the simple 4 count breath can change our brain chemistry, slow our heart rates and lower our blood pressure.

Alt your way of thinking. Once you recognize the thoughts in the loop, replace them with ones that serve where you are in your life now.Think a new thought. ‘I’ve failed before’ becomes ‘I’m going to keep trying, the outcome will be different’.

Delete those old ideas and concepts that hold you back. You may have to throw them away more than once. But each time you press Delete it will be easier and easier to do.

Having a daily meditation practice is the best way to be able to recognize these patterns, these thoughts. Take a few minutes each day and allow yourself to become still and quiet and see if you can identify the thoughts that roll through your mind and with patience, ahimsa and practice those thoughts will have less and less control over you. They may never go away, but they will certainly be less of a burden.


Om Shanti












Ice cream castles in the air

Storms in the distance
Clouds often tell the story
Turmoil of the heart

Even from something potentially dangerous and to some folks scary, can come great beauty and wonder. Earlier this week I came home from a long day of classes, clients and banking , with a storm hot on my heels.

The clouds came rolling in, and with the rumble of  thunder in the distance, coming closer and closer,  I sat on the patio, a glass of wine in hand and watched the light show. It wasnt quite dark yet and the sun was still shining, reflecting off the billowing white clouds. The sunlight mingled with the approaching storm to produce the most beautiful clouds and sunset. These pictures don’t do them justice, maybe you had to have the wind blowing your hair in your face and the sound of thunder to get the full effect.

“Aren’t the clouds beautiful? They look like big balls of cotton…I could just lie here all day, and watch them drift by… If you use your imagination, you can see lots of things in the cloud formations… What do you think you see, Linus?”
“Well, those clouds up there look like the map of the British Honduras on the Caribbean… That cloud up there looks a little like the profile of Thomas Eakins, the famous painter and sculptor… And that group of clouds over there gives me the impression of the stoning of Stephen… I can see the apostle Paul standing there to one side…”
“Uh huh… That’s very good… What do you see in the clouds, Charlie Brown?”
“Well, I was going to say I saw a ducky and a horsie, but I changed my mind!”
Charles M. Schulz
What do you see when you look at clouds?
Om Shanti