Eka Pada Rajakapotasana- 2

Prem kumari singh (m.a yoga science)

1.Introduction :

 Eka Pada Rajakapotasana II is derived from the combination of the Sanskrit words Eka(one), pada(leg), raja (king), kapota (pigeon) and asana (posture or pose). The reason for the name Eka Pada Rajakapotasana II is, this pose resembles the position of the one legged pigeon. 

2.Anatomical focus:- Eka Pada Rajakapotasana 2 helps boost energy in the body and hence can be included in flow yoga sequences. Eka Pada Rajakapotasana Ii benefits the following muscles and hence can be included in yoga sequences with the corresponding muscle(s) focus: Lower Back. Upper Back

3.Awareness:-
Eka Pada Rajakapotasana Ii (One Legged King Pigeon Pose Ii) when done with care along with the breath awareness adds beauty to the body while the torso is in a backbend

4.One-Legged King Pigeon Pose II: Step-by-Step Instructions
Step 1
Sit in Dandasana (Staff Pose). Bend your right knee and place the foot on the floor just in front of the right sitting bone. The shin will be approximately perpendicular to the floor.
Step 2
Then shift slightly to the right and swing your left leg straight back behind the torso. Lay it on the floor fully extended, with the front of the leg (and top of the foot) on the floor.
Step 3
Bend your left knee and raise the shin approximately perpendicular to the floor. Your body weight will balance on the right foot and left knee (and thigh if you’re very flexible). To stabilize your position, push your right knee forward until it protrudes out slightly beyond the right toes.

5.Contraindications and Cautions
High or low blood pressure
Migraine
Insomnia
Serious low back or neck injury
6.Benefits
Stretches the entire front of the torso, the ankles, thighs and groins, abdomen and chest, and throat
Stretches the deep hip flexors (psoas)
Strengthens back muscles
Improves posture
Stimulates the organs of the abdomen and neck.