Eka Pada Rajakapotasana A
Definition - What does Eka Pada Rajakapotasana A mean?
Eka pada rajakapotasana A is a seated asana that increases flexibility and offers a wide range of physical and spiritual benefits. The name for this asana comes from the Sanskrit roots eka, meaning "one," pada, meaning "foot" or "leg," raja, meaning "king," kapota, meaning "pigeon," and asana, meaning "pose."
To enter this asana, the practitioner enters a half split, with one leg outstretched behind them and the front leg bent so the outside of the calf rests on the floor. The back leg bends upward, then the torso bends backward to reach the foot and hold it against the back of the head, if the practitioner's flexibility allows.
Eka pada rajakapotasana is commonly known in English as one-legged king pigeon pose A.
Yogapedia explains Eka Pada Rajakapotasana A
Eka pada rajakapotasana A is one of four pigeon poses that open the hips and bend the back.
This asana is heavily linked to the svadisthana (spleen or sacral) chakra. Stimulating this chakra allows the individual to enliven their sensory experiences and increase their sense of vitality. The importance of control and self-awareness in this asana makes it ideal preparation for pranayama breathing exercises.
This asana and the other variations of pigeon pose offer a powerful form of emotional release. The opening of the hips has been linked to the release of built-up stress, anxiety and any other negative energy.