Utthita Eka Pada Rajakapotasana

Definition - What does Utthita Eka Pada Rajakapotasana mean?

Utthita eka pada rajakapotasana is an strong hip opener that improves flexibility throughout the body. From Sanskrit, utthita means “extended”; eka means “one”; pada means “foot” or “leg”; raja means “king”; 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.

Utthita eka pada rajakapotasana may be referred to in English as extended one-legged king pigeon pose.

Yogapedia explains Utthita Eka Pada Rajakapotasana

Utthita eka pada rajakapotasana 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. The utthita version also prepares the yogi physically and mentally for the more challenging rajakapotasana and its variations.

Traditionally, utthita eka pada rajakapotasana 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, utthita eka pada rajakapotasana improves focus and draws it inward, both stilling and opening the mind.

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