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How to Do One-Legged King Pigeon Pose

Strike a Yoga Pose: One-Legged King Pigeon

If you loved Pigeon Twist and Pigeon Crescent, then you're ready to try One-legged King Pigeon. It's a little bit more challenging than the other two, but feels great in your spine, shoulders, and hips.

Sanskrit Name: Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana
English Translation: One-Legged King Pigeon Pose

Want to know how to get into it? Then

  • Begin in Downward Facing Dog. Bring your right knee forward between your hands and come into Pigeon pose.
  • Rest your right hand on your right knee and bend your left knee.
  • Flex your left foot and bring your left hand under your foot and try to grab onto your toes.
  • This is the tricky part. You need to flip your left elbow up to the ceiling, so your toes are pointing straight up and your fingers are pointing down.
  • From here, you can arch your head back and reach your right hand over your head to hold onto your left toes. If it's easy, touch the top of your head to your foot.
  • Stay here for at least five breaths and then release your hands and place your palms on either side of your right knee.
  • Straighten out your left leg behind you and tuck your toes. Then press into your palms and step your right leg back, coming in Down Dog. Then bring your left knee forward and try this pose on the other side.
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