Revolved One-Legged King Pigeon Pose B

Definition - What does Revolved One-Legged King Pigeon Pose B mean?

Revolved one-legged king pigeon pose B is an intermediate low lunge with a twist that is a variation of the king pigeon series of hip-opening backbends.

With the legs in a low-lunge position (as in one-legged king pigeon B), the back knee on the floor and the foot raised to the ceiling, the yogi twists into the revolved version of the pose. The twist is at the waist, while the yogi reaches back with the opposite arm to hold the foot of the upraised leg. The other hand is placed on the mat for balance. The gaze, or drishti, can be over the shoulder or toward the ceiling.

This pose is also known by the Sanskrit name parivrtta eka pada rajakapotasana B.

Yogapedia explains Revolved One-Legged King Pigeon Pose B

Revolved one-legged king pigeon pose B has many of the same benefits of the non-revolved version of the posture with the added benefits of a twist. The benefits of adding the twist include:

  • Relief of physical and emotional tension
  • Massages the abdominal organs, improving digestion and reducing bloating
  • Boosts confidence and self-esteem
  • Improves spinal mobility
  • Improves flexibility of the back, hips and neck

In addition, revolved one-legged king pigeon pose B counters the negative effects of sitting for extended periods, such as at work, by stretching the leg muscles, particularly the thighs, opening the chest and shoulders and opening the hips.

To prevent knee injury, the top of the back knee rather than the knee cap should rest on the ground. For further protection, a folded blanket can be placed under the knee.

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