One-Legged King Pigeon Pose II is an intense variation of Pigeon Pose that deeply stretches the whole front body and hip flexors, strengthening your back while also correcting your posture.
(Pronounced as "ache-ah PAH-dah RAH-jah-kahp-oh-TAHS-anna")
The Sanskrit phrase eka pada means "one foot," and rajakapota means "the king or ruler of pigeons."
Sit on your yoga mat, facing the short side. Come into Dandasana, or Staff Pose. Bend the right knee in order to place the sole of the right foot on the floor with the right heel close to the perineum. Your right shin should be nearly perpendicular to the ground here.
Pull your left leg back completely so that the top of your left thigh, left knee and left foot all press into the mat. Keep your left leg straight behind you in line with your left hip.
Next, bend the left knee and raise your left foot behind you so that the left shin becomes perpendicular to the floor. Press your tailbone and pelvis down toward the floor as you lift the left foot. Balance your body weight on the right foot and left knee by pushing the right knee slightly forward. You can push the right knee forward until the right thigh is parallel to the floor.
Take a breath and then exhale as you lift your right arm over and behind your head to grip the left foot behind you. On your next exhalation, raise your left arm over and behind your head to catch the left side of your left foot in your left hand as well. If you can go further, then arch your chest more and push it forward to rest your head on your left foot. Lift your elbows up toward the ceiling. Hold the posture for 15 to 30 seconds without holding your breath.
Release your left foot on an exhalation and lower the left leg to the floor. Switch legs and repeat the pose for the same amount of time on the other side.
Eka Pada Rajakapotasana II
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