Yoga Pose of the Day – One-Legged King Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana)

Yoga Pose of the Day – One-Legged King Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana)

Yoga Pose of the Day – One-Legged King Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana)

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King Pigeon Pose  (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana)

The Sanskrit name for the pose, “Eka Pada Rajakapotasana” (EKK-uh PAHD-uh RAH-juh-KA-poh-TAHS-uh-nuh), comes from five words:

“Eka” — meaning “one”
“Pada” — meaning “foot” or “leg”
“Raja” — meaning “king”
“Kapota” — meaning “pigeon”
“Asana” — meaning “pose”

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Pigeon Pose stretches the thighs, groins, and abdomen. It can often be felt deeply in specific upper-leg and hip muscles, including the psoas, piriformis, TFL (tensor fascia latae) and gluteus maximus. It relieves tension in the chest and shoulders, and it also stimulates the abdominal organs, which helps to regulate digestion. The restorative version of the pose (see Modifications & Variations, below) helps to relieve stress, fatigue, and anxiety.

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