Pigeon Pose in Yoga

The system of Yoga is designed to make each and every part of the body toned and fit, or to relax the body and mind. There are many Asanas (Postures) like Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Pigeon pose), Bhadrasana (Butterfly pose), Gardasana (Eagle pose), Shavasana (Corpse pose), Naukasana (Boat pose), Dhanurasana (Bow pose), and many more which focus on different parts of the body or help in complete relaxation. Here is the information on pigeon pose in yoga.
Pigeon Pose in Yoga

Pigeon pose in Yoga

This Asana is also known as Eka Pada Rajakapotasana or simply Kapotasana. It is one of the slightly more difficult Asanas but can be easily done with practice.

  • The starting position of this Asana is where you are on all fours, with knees perpendicular to the hips and hands slightly ahead of the body.
  • While inhaling, slowly slide the left leg forward and keep it flat on the floor, with the knee bent. Slide the right leg straight back so that the top of the right foot is on the floor.
  • Hold this position for five counts while holding breath or just breathing normally. The body is balanced on the leg that is in front.
  • A variation to this posture could be where in the last step, you can slowly bend forward to touch your forehead to the left knee instead of holding the torso upright. The hands could be kept in the same position or clasped behind the back.
  • While slowly exhaling, bring the legs back to the starting position.
    Repeat the process on the other side with the right leg forward and the left one behind.

This is an Asana suitable for those who have practices Yoga for sometime. It is ideal for those in the intermediate stage of Yogic practices or those finishing with the beginner’s level.

Benefits of Pigeon pose

  • Stretches for the hip and spine
  • Knee joints are stretched and made more flexible
  • Improves body balance
  • Improves flexibility of hip joints and back

Those with recent spinal injuries should avoid this posture. Even those with injuries to the legs, especially knees and ankles as well as hip injuries should also avoid practicing this posture.

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