Eka Pada Rajakapotasana – Right Method, Benefits, Dosha Effects

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By Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay) & Dr Manasa, B.A.M.S

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana is a deep backbend pose. In the final pose the practitioner puffs up his chest and assumes the shape of a pigeon and hence the name. It is a seated pose that increases flexibility. It offers wide range of physical and spiritual benefits. It is one of the four pigeon poses. It opens hips and bends the back.

Eka = one
Pada = legged
Raja = king
Kapota = pigeon
Asana = pose
Read – Kapotasana Pigeon Pose, How to do, Benefits, Dosha Effect, Precautions

One legged king pigeon pose is described in the 20th century by Pattabhi Jois in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and BKS Iyengar in ‘Light on Yoga’. Both are pupils of Krishnamacharya.

This pose is also known as the king of hip openers. It is a good posture for groins, pelvis and hips. It will help you overcome tightness of hips and enhance flexibility therein. It is a preparatory…

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