Parivrtta Eka Pada Rajakapotasana A

Last Updated: August 17, 2018

Definition - What does Parivrtta Eka Pada Rajakapotasana A mean?

Parivrtta eka pada rajakapotasana A is a seated posture that is a variation of the rajakapotasana series of hip-opening backbends, and it is derived from 6 Sanskrit words:

  • Parivrtta, meaning “twisted” or “revolved"
  • Eka, which translates as "one"
  • Pada, meaning "foot" or "leg"
  • Raja, meaning "king"
  • Kapota, meaning "pigeon"
  • Asana, meaning "posture” or “pose"

The yogi begins in eka pada rajakapotasana A, a half split with one leg stretched back and the calf of the front leg on the ground. The back leg then bends upward. To complete the pose, the yogi twists at the waist. The upper arm can wrap around the back to hold the waist, hip or foot. Alternately, the hands can be placed in prayer position.

In English, Parivrtta eka pada rajakapotasana A is known as revolved one-legged king pigeon pose A.

Yogapedia explains Parivrtta Eka Pada Rajakapotasana A

As a twisting posture, parivrtta eka pada rajakapotasana A is believed to open the manipura (navel) chakra, which increases metabolism and boosts digestion. On a spiritual level, an active manipura chakra is transforming. It boosts self-esteem and generates personal power. Practicing this asana can build confidence, control anger, create a sense of purpose and be motivating.

In addition to opening the hips, parivrtta eka pada rajakapotasana A has a range of physical benefits, including lengthening and decompressing the spine, opening the chest and stretching the shoulders and thighs.

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