Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (One Legged King Pigeon) – Overview
- This Asana Digest covers: One Legged King Pigeon Pose and related poses such as Sleeping Swan.
- 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.
Sanskrit & Naming
- 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
- Sleeping Swan
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
Front leg is in Virasana (Hero)
- Eka Pada Rajakapotasana IV
Front leg straight forward as in Hanumanasana (Monkey)
Heart of Pose
- Hip Stretch (leg position)
- Backbend (full pose)
Much More in this Digest
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