Yoga posture a day: One-Legged King Pigeon Pose

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana

(एकपादरजकपोतसन)

(One-Legged King Pigeon Pose)

The name comes from the Sanskrit words kapota (कपोत) meaning “pigeon” and asana (आसन) meaning “posture”

The country pigeon is known for puffing up its chest in pride. While they’re not often recognized for this, pigeons have a unique ability to find their home from a distant location. Homing pigeons symbolize as­surance and confidence in challenging situations. They represent a feel­ing of safety and security that allows a positive sense of pride about who we really are.

Are you a proud person and if so, in what ways? Is your pride justified by accomplishments or overcoming challenging circumstances? Is your pride ego-related? For some of us, pride is a mask that hides feelings of incompetence, low self-esteem or unworthiness. Are you at home with yourself? Tapping into the joy of your power and talent through the Pi­geon Pose can help you develop confidence and assurance.

Kapotasana (pigeon pose) helps to open up the chest and also strengthens the back and groin. It opens and increases the flexibility of the hips, at the same time strengthening the back, and stretching the thighs and the groin.

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