King Pigeon Pose – How To Do And What Are Its Benefits?
This is an intense pose that works every part of your body. Your abs, legs, back, arms, and neck will have to work together to successfully hit this pose.
The King Pigeon pose is not to be taken lightly - take every precaution for safety while attempting this. Do not pull your leg when you feel any strain and be sure to ease out of the pose.
Lastly, if you can hold the pose correctly - think of how cool you will look!
"Rajakapotasana is also known as ‘king pigeon pose’. It differs a bit from the pigeon pose in yoga. This asana has its name derived from the Sanskrit term ‘raja’ which means ‘king’, ‘kapota’ which means ‘pigeon’ and ‘asana’ which means ‘pose’ or ‘posture’.
Rajakapotasana can also be classified under intense backbend poses and is often categorized under advanced form of yoga asanas. To learn this asana at home, follow the simple steps mentioned below and get started:-
1. Start your asana by sitting down on the floor in Vajrasana position. Place your palms on your knees. Keep your back straight. Look straight in the forward direction.
2. Kneel down on the floor and place your knees slightly wider than your hips.
3. Inhale and bring your chest forwards, lift up your chin and tilt your head upwards.
4. Fold your right leg from your knees and place it in front of your body with the sole of your feet facing towards left side.
5. Extend your left leg backwards and try to keep it straight without folding it from the knees. Stretch it in the backward direction as much as you can without moving your front body and the other leg.
6. Place your right leg either on your right thigh or on the floor besides your right thigh.
7. Lift up your left hand from the front side and your left leg from the backside of your body.
8. Try to catch your left leg with your left hand.
9. Close your eyes and concentrate on your breath. Do not forget to inhale and exhale properly while you perform this asana.
10. Remain steady in this pose for about 10-20 seconds depending upon your capacity.
11. Release from the pose and sit back in Vajrasana position.
Benefits of Rajakapotasana:
Rajakapotasana offers you immense benefits.
- It gives a good stretch to your body, especially your spine.
- It stretches your chest, thighs, arms, shoulders and your hands.
- By stretching your chest, you tend to activate your thymus glands.
- Practicing Rajakapotasana regularly helps in improving blood circulation in your body and even enhances your digestive system.
- This asana helps in keeping you away from knee and join pain.
- Rajakapotasana helps in improving your body posture. Furthermore it strengthens your back muscles and joints. It even stimulates your abdominal organs."