Hi Bernie -
I came across an article from a chiropractic yoga instructor that made me rethink teaching pigeon except as a backbend. Would you mind giving an opinion, please? I'm not one that likes "never or always" when it comes to yoga, but this is food for thought and makes some sense.
https://mindfulmvmnt.org/2016/05/16/yog ... e-anatomy/
The part I question is:
"As we fold into Sleeping Pigeon, we shut off the brakes of our hip (the muscles that are supposed to keep it safe), then we relax which gives a momentary feeling of “feel good stretching, whilst the weight of our torso allows the top of our thigh bone to slam into the cartilage of the hip socket. In the long term, this repeated slamming wears down the shock absorbing cartilage of the hip-joint resulting in nasty hip pain and even a dreaded trip to the hip surgeon."
The blog post is funny, for effect, but the information has me not wanting to teach or do a yin pigeon ever again! Or at least very infrequently, until I can do more research to find out if I'm hurting my students over time.