Eka Pada Rajakapotasana
Manipura min 1 - YogPlan

Sacral Chakra (Swadhisthana)

Intermidate

Seated Asanas

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana

One-Legged King Pigeon Pose

(e-ka-pa-da-ra-ja-ka-po-ta-sun)

Meaning: eka = one/pada = led/raja = king/ kapota = pigeon

Spinal Movements:

Pain Management:

Preparation

Sit in Vajrasana. Come into tabletop position - wrists under shoulders, knees and feet hip-distance apart. Inhale, exhale, and relax.

Getting into position

Exhale. Inhaling, bring your left foot to the right hand and lower your left knee down to your left hand (shin parallel to the front of the mat), the top of your left foot on the floor. Slide your back knee a little farther back, and turn the knee inward to square the hips. Inhale. Exhaling, lower your left hip as far down as you can. Place right hand on the bottom of left foot (sole) and your left hand on or next to your left knee. Inhaling, arch your back; activate your glutes; keeping your hips and shoulders square, open your chest, and look up (dropping head backward if comfortable). Hold for a few moments to allow the body to adjust. Inhale. Exhaling, arch farther. Hold with normal breathing for around 30 seconds.

Coming out of position

Slightly relax the body. Inhale. Exhaling, bring the spine back to a neutral position. Place palms back on the floor under your shoulders. Tuck the toes of your right foot and raise your right knee up off the floor. Inhaling, bring your left leg back, and come into tabletop position. Inhale, exhale, and relax. Repeat on the other side.

Tips

  • When placing the front foot in between the hands, rotate the ankle to set the top of the foot on the floor.
  • Keep shoulders, hips, and legs square, do not let the thighs slouch toward one hip or the other.
  • When placing hands on foot and knee, hold the position for a few moments before arching your back to give your legs time to adjust.
  • To arch more and sink more, do so while exhaling.

Precautions

Avoid

If you have chronic/serious knee problems. People with chronic/serious neck problems should not bend their neck backward during this pose; keep it neutral instead.

Be careful

If you have high or low blood pressure; an abdominal hernia; lower back, knee, or neck issues; or get dizzy easily.

Benefits

General

  • Opens the chest.
  • stretches entire front of body (toes to neck), especially hips, hip flexors, thighs.
  • Stimulates thyroid and abdominal organs.

Therapeutic

Helps to reduce the symptoms of migraine and urinary disorders.

Variations

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