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.