Online Personal Training - King Pigeon with Leisa Timms
Eka Pada Rajakapotasana
- “Eka” — meaning “one”
- “Pada” — meaning “foot” or “leg”
- “Raja” — meaning “king”
- “Kapota” — meaning “pigeon”
- “Asana” — meaning “pose”
Pigeon Pose stretches the thighs, groins, and abdomen. It can often be felt deeply in specific upper-leg and hip muscles, including the psoas, piriformis, TFL (tensor fascia latae) and gluteus maximus. It relieves tension in the chest and shoulders, and it also stimulates the abdominal organs, which helps to regulate digestion. The restorative version of the pose (see Modifications & Variations, below) helps to relieve stress, fatigue, and anxiety.
For advanced users or athletes, One Legged King Pigeon Pose is quite beneficial in stretching of the legs, as well as therapeutic in urinary disorders. In order to deepen the pose breathe as slowly as possible and stay in the final position longer than the suggested duration.
You should avoid this pose, or first consult your yoga instructor in case you suffer from the following:
- Sacroiliac injury
- Knee or ankle injury
- Tight buttocks or thighs
Tensor fascia latae and gluteus maximus
Whether we share a meal in a candle-lit restaurant, drink tea on our couch or sit around a fire log, the presence of physical warmth and fire helps us to connect beyond the surface and to share heart-to-heart moments with loved ones. The old expression “home is where the heart is” celebrates this internal space of warmth and recognizes that being at ease with wherever we are is our true home and hearth. The true inner self.
As important as the shape of this pose is how we exist within this shape. We can use this pose to help nurture a state of acceptance and relaxation in body and mind, especially as the tensions of the hips and pelvic region – where we may hold unresolved emotions, inertia and heaviness – are revealed and surfaced. As you are bring awareness to the breath and body connection, allow yourself to let go.
Practice holding your whole being with love and patience, curiosity and breath – the way you would listen to a dear friend. The breath and the practice of witnessing without judging, try not to analyse, let the awareness surface and breathe away. This will help stoke the fires of transformation that help melt the resistances into a sweet nectar of love and compassion.
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