Agnistambhasana - perfect hip opener

Agnistambhasana – perfect hip opener

The Agnistambhasana is a perfect hip opener while giving your body the much needed stretch. So peeps, ready to give your lower body what it wants?

Here is what this means in Sanskrit:

‘agni’ refers to ‘fire’, ‘stambha’ means ‘pillars’ or ‘log’

This pose is also known as the Burning log pose, Double pigeon pose, and Fire log pose. It is one of the most important yoga asanas with lots of health benefits.

Let’s see how you can perform this pose.

Here is how you can perform this hip opener pose…

  1. Starting from the seated position, place your left foot on top of the right knee and slide the right foot forward until it is directly below the left knee. 
  2. Inhale and press the hips down and reach the crown of the head up towards the ceiling.
  3. Time to drop your shoulders down and back and press the chest towards the front.
  4. Now, let your knees relax down towards the floor to open the hips.

    Great going, yogis!

  5. Keeping the back flat and the chest open, exhale and gently reach your torso forward as far as comfortable and either hold onto the knees or walk your hands forward. 
  6. Take a breath and hold for 2-6 breaths
  7. Slowly inhale up.

You can repeat the same process on the other side.

You can also find the detailed instructions for this in the following video by Yog4Lyf Yoga Instructor, Mr. Harsh:

How to Perform Agnistambhasana | Hip Openers Yoga | Yog4Lyf


Wondering how this yoga pose benefits you? Let’s find it out:

  • Opens and strengthens the hips

    There is a reason why Agnistambhasana is called the perfect hip opener. This pose puts extra pressure on the hip, knee, and thigh muscles, thereby, increasing the blood flow in this area. The muscles will get more amount of oxygen and nutrition, which helps them to strengthen.

  • Stimulates the abdominal organs

    While leaning forward, the abdominal muscles are massaged. While coming back to the release position, there is a flushing effect in the entire digestive system.

  • Reduces lower body fat

    This pose creates lots of pressure on the lower body part, due to this our lower body muscle gets toned and helps in reducing the fat in this region.

  • Relieves anxiety, tension, and stress

    Since this asana increases the blood flow and gives your body a good stretch, it is an amazing mood elevator.


While this is an extremely useful pose, you must avoid this if:

  • You are suffering from any hip or knee injury
  • You have any recent surgeries of the hip or knee
  • You have a lack of flexibility, especially in the hips


By practicing this pose regularly, you can also awaken the energy located in the pelvis and navel areas.

Share with your friends and family to encourage them into doing this helpful yoga pose.

Happy Yogaing!

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