The Eka Pada Kapotasana or the Pigeon pose is a variation of the Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana. (Eka = One, Paada = Foot/ Leg, kapota = Pigeon, Aasana = Pose). This pose is recommended for beginners who need to be more flexible to do the next level in this aasana.
How to do Eka Pada Kapotasana :
- Start by getting into Marjariasana or Cat Pose, where you are all on fours.
- By exhaling, bring your right knee forward until it touches your right wrist.
- Next, bend the right knee, bring your ankle in, slide the right foot towards the left hand, until your toes touch your left wrist.
- Exhale and Slide your left leg back make sure that it touches the floor. Keep your knee straight, ensure that the front of your foot is touching the ground, with the sole facing the ceiling.
- Lower your right butt to the floor and exhale pressing your tailbone forward to lengthen your lower back
- Strengthen your lower back by pushing your fingertips firmly into the floor.
- Make sure you take a few deep breaths in this position.
- Support yourself with your hands, exhale and slide your left knee forward and get back into the Cat Pose.
- Take deep breaths while in the Cat Pose. Then repeat the process with the other leg.
Here is a video to help you on the same:
Health Benefits of the Pigeon Pose
- Alleviates lower back pain
- Increases hip flexibility and strengthens it along with the back
- Stretches the thighs and glutes
- Lengthens the hip flexors.
- Relieves sciatica.
This basic variation of the Eka Pada Kapotasana, is a simple Yoga pose that stretches and elongates your hips, while increasing its flexibility too. Do try it, to reap it’s benefits and don’t forget to leave me your comments here and follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Bloglovin | Pinterest