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 YogaEka 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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