Definition - What does Kapota mean?

Kapota is the Sanskrit word for "pigeon." Kapotasana (pigeon pose) is an advanced backbend that challenges the flexibility level of the yogi. In this pose, the yogi kneels down to the mat, then the shoulders and head bend backward until the forearms and shins rest on the floor while the hips remain in place.

Yogapedia explains Kapota

Kapotasana stretches the entire body, improves spine flexibility, strengthens the back, tones abdominal organs to promote their function, strengthens the core and relieves back pain. A recommended counter pose for kapotasana is downward-facing dog pose or child's pose.

The mental health benefits of kapotasana include:

  • Relieves mental stress
  • Helps to overcome fear
  • Relieves negative attitude
  • Calms the mind
  • Boosts energy levels of the mind
  • Promotes mental clarity

Kapotasana stimulates the anahata chakra. Anahata is associated with love, compassion, forgiveness and self-confidence. Considered the healing center, the anahata chakra is a powerful chakra that integrates the body and mind, thereby aiding in achieving a sense of balance.

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