Eka Pada Rajakapotasana B
Definition - What does Eka Pada Rajakapotasana B mean?
Eka pada rajakapotasana B is a seated backbend asana. It is one of the most intense postures in a series of backbends that open the hips and increase flexibility.
In this asana, the practitioner sits with one leg bent in front of the body and the other leg extended out behind the body. The back leg is bent up as the hands reach back to grab the foot. The back bends and the foot is brought forward until the toes touch the back of the head.
This pose is also known in English as one-legged king pigeon pose B.
Yogapedia explains Eka Pada Rajakapotasana B
The challenging nature of eka pada rajakapotasana B can push many yogis out of their comfort zone. The position can feel unnatural and unstable at first, but this makes its spiritual and physical benefits all the more rewarding.
Like all pigeon poses, eka pada rajakapotasana can help counteract the effects of a sedentary lifestyle by opening the hips and groin, and reversing some of the spinal effects of sitting all day, thus improving posture.
This asana also activates the svadisthana (spleen or sacral) chakra. Activating this chakra can increase the practitioner's feelings of passion, creativity, confidence and self-acceptance.
The feeling of balancing the body and maintaining this posture is an immensely satisfying experience that allows the yoga practitioner to enter into a state of meditation and contemplation.