Yoga in a GIF-y: Agnistambhasana

Picture a stack of wooden logs piled up in a fireplace, the inspiration behind this week’s posture Agnistambhasana - Fire Log Pose.

Trying to recreate those perfect, parallel stack on the other hand might feel a little less inspiring. Tight knees, outer thighs, hips and lower backs make it hard to find space in this pose.

You can take your first step towards comfort by sitting up on a folded blanket or towel - this frees the hips and allows the knees to drop.

Agnistambhasana is a deep position to attempt without warming the body first. Be sure to prep yourself for the posture with milder postures such as Trikonasana, Vrksasana and Sukhasana.

Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Start in a simple cross-legged position, right shin in front of left.

  2. Hug your right knee in the right elbow and right foot in the left hand.

  3. Cradle the right shin and rock it side to side to create space and alignment in the pelvis.

  4. Cross the right ankle over the left knee making sure that the ankle stays at 90 degrees to prevent the right foot from sickling.

  5. Check that the left shin is aiming towards parallel to the front edge of the mat and both feet are strong, toes active and spreading.

  6. Release your hands on either side of your hips and come onto the fingertips.

  7. Reach the crown of the head up to the ceiling, lengthening the entire spine.

  8. If this version of the posture feels easy, feel free to walk your hands forward and release your belly and chest towards your legs.

  9. Stay in either variation for 5 breaths.

  10. To come out of the pose, inhale and with a heavy tailbone bring yourself up to sit.

  11. Repeat steps 1 to 10 on the left.