Thursday, 10 November 2016

King Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana)

Stretches the thighs, groin, psoas, abdomen, checks, shoulders and neck
Stimulates abdominal organs

*Should not be practiced in case of knee, ankle or sacroiliac injury.  Should be modified in case of tight hips or thighs.

We begin in Downward Facing Dog.  Shifting your weight forward, bend your right knee and bring it onto the mat just behind your right wrist, as you do this, angle your shin so your right ankle comes in front of your left hip.  Lower yourself down so that the top of your left leg is extended on the mat.  Right knee behind right wrist, right ankle in front of left hip, right buttock on the mat, left hip pressing forward.  Press the finger tips into the floor and lift through the torso, opening the chest.

Hold here for a few breaths, then tuck the toes of left leg under and lift back into Downward Facing Dog.  Repeat on the other side.

You can find a short video showing you how to come into Pigeon Pose here.

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