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Eka Pada Rajakapotasana

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana comes from sanskrit words "Eka" means one "Pada" means foot or leg. "Raja" means a king "Kapota" means a pigeon or dove. Asana means yoga pose or posture.It is a backbend asana.The pose is named after kapota which is a dove or pigeon with its chest puffed up. The backbend action of the torso also works the shoulders into an open position, helping to open the lungs

How To Do

  • With your knees directly below your hips, and your hands slightly ahead of your shoulders.
  • Slide your right knee forward to the back of your right wrist; at the same time angle your right shin under your torso and bring your right foot to the front of your left knee. The outside of your right shin will now rest on the floor.
  • Slowly slide your left leg back, straightening the knee and descending the front of the thigh to the floor. Lower the outside of your right buttock to the floor. Position the right heel just in front of the left hip.
  • Then slide your hands back toward the front shin and push your fingertips firmly to the floor. Lift your torso away from the thigh. Lengthen the lower back by pressing your tailbone down and forward; at the same time, and lift your pubis toward the navel.
  • Roll your left hip point toward the right heel, and lengthen the left front groin.
  • Stay in this position for a minute. Then, with your hands back on the floor, carefully slide the left knee forward, then exhale and lift up and back into Adho Mukha Svanasana.

Benefits of Eka Pada Rajakapotasana

  • Stretches the thighs, groins and psoas, abdomen, chest and shoulders, and neck
  • Stimulates the abdominal organs
  • Opens the shoulders and chest

Body Focus

  • Thighs
  • Knees
  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Groins
  • Chest
  • Shoulders

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