How to do Agnistambhasana (The Burning Log Pose): Steps & Health Benefits


Health benefits of Agnistambhasana include removing Stress, Increases the Focus of Mind and Concentration, Strengthen Hip, Knee and Thigh Muscles, Enhance Sexual Health

June 1, 2018


Agnistambhasana is one of the most important asana in yoga with lots of health benefits. It is also known as The Burning Log Pose. The name Agnistambhasana actually comes from Sanskrit words, it is a combination of three words, where Agni means Fire, Stambha means Statue and Asana mean Pose. Agnistambhasana is also known as Burning log pose, Double pigeon pose and Fire log pose. This asana is very good for Hip Opening.

Agnistambhasana has lots of health benefits; among that some of the health benefits of Agnistambhasana include removing Stress, Increases the Focus of Mind and Concentration, Strengthen Hip, Knee and Thigh Muscles, Enhance Sexual Health, Improves Digestive Health,  Helps to Reduce Back Pain and Reduce Lower Body Fat.

Before we go to do this asana, we should know for whom this Agnistambhasana is not recommended. Those who are suffering from severe back injury, hip injury, ankle injury and knee injury, recently any surgery on your back or waist, spinal column ailments on the lower vertebrae they should not do this asana.  Those who are suffering from high or low blood pressure, they should not do this asana without any supervision. Those who are suffering from severe headache they should avoid this asana.  Those suffering from any form of hernia should avoid this practice.

How to do Agnistambhasana (The Burning Log Pose):

  • To start this asana get onto the yoga mat and sit on the yoga mat with knee bent and your feet should touch the ground.
  • Gradually lift up your shoulders and let the tops of the upper arm bones move back. Now press the tips at the base of the shoulder bones directly into the back.
  • Once done, put the left foot under the right leg influencing it to move to the external side of the right hip and after that place the leg of that is outwardly on the floor.
  • Place your right leg over the left leg with the correct lower leg set outwardly segment of the left knee. For people that have a higher range of hip flexibility, slide the left shin forward and put it just beneath the privilege so as to raise the test looked by the body.
  • Now expand your toes by pressing your heels.
  • Keep your front trunk long, inhale out and crease forward from your groins (crotches). Make a point not to round forward from your gut (stomach). 
  • Try to Maintain some space between your navel and pubis long. Place your hands on the floor before your calf
  • Try to be in this position and breathe normally.
  • For beginners, try to be in this position for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • To release from this position, breathe out and slowly get on to the starting position. Now keep your both the hands alongside your body, keep your leg straight and take a deep breath and relax.
  • Now you can again do this asana. You should do minimum 10 repetitions of this asana for better result.
  • Initially, when you start this yoga asana, you feel some pain in your abs, hip, thigh, and shoulder but as you practice more you can do this asana more easily.

Health Benefits of Agnistambhasana (The Burning Log Pose):


Agnistambhasana Helps to Remove Stress:

Studies have been proven that practicing of Agnistambhasana on a regular basis is not only good for our stomach, but also it helps to calm the mind and release the stress. Sitting in this posture can put stress on leg muscles and improve the flexibility and keep our leg muscles relaxed. Practicing this asana with slow breathing can reduce the stress and increase the blood flow to the whole body, so it is highly recommended to who is suffering from stress; they should practice this yoga on a regular basis.

Agnistambhasana Strengthen Hip, Knee and Thigh Muscles:

Different studies have been proven that regular practice of Agnistambhasana, can stretch your Hip, Knee and Thigh Muscles, that put extra pressure on this muscle, so that blood flow will increase in this area and muscles will get more amount of oxygen and nutrition, which helps them to strengthen and regular practice of this asana also can help to prevent injury in Hip, Knee and Thigh Muscles during exercise and other works.

Agnistambhasana Increases the Focus of Mind and Concentration:

Regular practice of Agnistambhasana helps to improve the focus of mind and concentration because while doing Agnistambhasana, it will help to promote the blood flow to the brain and volumes is more. Due to increase in blood flow to the brain, it gets more oxygen and vital nutrients, thus your brain gets more focused and function properly. So this asana is highly recommended to the student, if they practice Agnistambhasana on a regular basis, it can improve their concentration towards studies and they will focus more towards their carrier.

Agnistambhasana Improves Digestive Health:

Different studies have been proven that regular practice of Agnistambhasana can improve our digestive health and it also helps to prevent various types of digestion related issues, such as constipation because regular practice of Agnistambhasana put some extra pressure on stomach and inner intestine organ, due to this our body create stress hormone, which helps to promote the function of the digestive system that improve the proper bowel movement and also helps to promote the production of digestive juice and enzyme that helps in digesting of food and helps to prevent the waste from our body.

Agnistambhasana Enhance Sexual Health:

Practicing of Agnistambhasana on a regular basis can enhance sexual performance because while doing this  yoga asana, it stretches our sexual organ, which helps in the production of stress hormones in that area that helps to stimulate our sexual organ and it also improve the blood flow to the sexual organ will help to increase the function of sexual performance.

Agnistambhasana Reduce Lower Body Fat:

Regular practice of Agnistambhasana is very beneficial for reducing the lower body fat, because while doing this Agnistambhasana, it 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.

Agnistambhasana Helps to Reduce Back Pain:

Different studies have been proven that, regular practice of Agnistambhasana can very helpful for those who are suffering from any perennial back pain, because while practicing this asana it create lots of pressure on the spine and its also stretch the spine, that helps to improve the flexibility of our spine that helps to prevent back pain.

Health benefits of Agnistambhasana


Preparatory Poses

Supta Baddha Konasana


Follow-Up Poses

Bharadvajasana