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.