King Pigeon, or Eka Pada Rajakapotasana in Sanskrit, is a MAJOR backbend and hip opener all at once. The pose is named after a great master in yoga mythology named Kapota who was known for extreme accomplishment. To read a little more head here.
Benefits: Stretches the shoulder, abdomen, quad of the back leg, glute of the front leg, increases spinal flexibility.
How to: Start by coming into half pigeon with your right leg in front. From there walk your hands into your body and sit up tall. Bend your left knee and reach back with your left hand to catch your left foot. Reach back with your right hand to catch the foot and lean your head back to touch your foot.
How to spice it up: This is a spicy pose as it is, but I’ve seen it taken from full splits and that is quite incredible!
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