Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (One Legged King Pigeon) – Overview
- Features: Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (One Legged King Pigeon), and Sleeping Swan.
- Objective: Become knowledgeable about the pose and review detailed teaching considerations.
- Description: Explain the Sanskrit naming; contraindications and cautions; associated benefits and typical effects; instructions and cues for setting up and practicing the pose; variations to meet particular intentions and needs; associated mythology, and more teaching considerations.
Eka Pada Rajakapotasana
aa-KAH pah-DAH rah-JAH-cop-poh-TAHS-anna
“eka” = one
“pada” = foot
“raja” = king
“kapota” = pigeon
One Legged King Pigeon Pose
The common variation of extending back leg and folding forward is called “Sleeping Swan” in Yin Yoga
Versions I, II, III & IV
In Light on Yoga, Eka Pada Rajakapotasana I is the first in a series with Versions II, III and IV placing the front leg in different positions.
Eka Pada Rajakapotasana II
Foot of front leg on floor just in front of hip, knee forward of heel
Eka Pada Rajakapotasana III
Eka Pada Rajakapotasana IV
Heart of Pose
- Hip Stretch (leg position)
- Backbend (full pose)
- While the Variations page includes many options, please also see Stretches & Flows: Hips & Legs for Sucirandhrasana (Eye of the Needle Pose / Reclining Pigeon), Standing Pigeon and many more considerations.
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