One-Legged King Pigeon Pose

The One-Legged King Pigeon Pose, also known as Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, is an advanced yoga posture that combines a deep backbend with hip opening. To practice this pose, begin in a Downward-Facing Dog position. Bring one knee forward between your hands, positioning your foot closer to the opposite hip. Slide the other leg back, straightening it while keeping your toes tucked under. As you inhale, lengthen your spine, and as you exhale, begin to fold forward over the bent leg. Reach back with one hand to hold the elevated foot, bringing it towards the head. Simultaneously, arch your back, lifting your chest towards the ceiling. The extended leg remains engaged and active throughout. This pose offers a profound stretch to the hip flexors, quads, and back, while also enhancing flexibility in the shoulders and chest. It requires both backbend mobility and hip flexibility. Breathe steadily as you hold the pose, finding equilibrium between effort and release. While this pose can be deeply rewarding, it’s important to approach it with caution and an understanding of your body’s limits. Practice mindfully and consider using props or seeking guidance from an experienced instructor.

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