Definition - What does Kapotasana mean?

Kapotasana is an strong hip opener that improves flexibility throughout the body. From Sanskrit, kapota means “pigeon” and asana means “pose” or “posture.”

This asana is a half split with one leg stretched back so the top of the foot presses into the mat and the other leg is bent in front with the calf resting on the ground. The torso lifts with a slight arch in the back.

Kapotasana may be referred to in English as pigeon pose.


Yogapedia explains Kapotasana

Kapotasana is considered a variation of eka pada rajakapotasana (one-legged king pigeon pose). In the latter asana, the back leg bends so that the foot reaches toward the spine or the head. T

Traditionally, kapotasana is believed to open the heart center and, therefore, the anahata chakra. This chakra stimulates self-love, trust, loving-kindness to others and unconditional love.

Besides its physical benefits, kapotasana improves focus and draws it inward, both stilling and opening the mind.

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