One-Legged King Pigeon Pose A

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana A

What is One-Legged King Pigeon Pose A?

One-legged king pigeon pose A, or eka pada rajakapotasana A in Sanskrit, is a deep and challenging backbend that opens the chest and develops flexibility in the hips. From pigeon pose, the yogi bends the back foot in toward the buttocks, clasping the toes in a deep backbend.


  • Begin in pigeon pose with the right foot back.
  • Exhale and bend the right foot toward the buttocks.
  • Inhale and reach the right arm (and left arm, if possible) up and back. Clasp the right toes with both hands.
  • Breathe while holding the pose.


  • Beginners should gradually build up to this advanced posture
  • Avoid if there is low back or hip injury

Benefits of One-Legged King Pigeon Pose A

  • Opens the chest and lungs
  • Deeply stretches the hips
  • Stretches the abdominal organs

One-Legged King Pigeon Pose A Details
Sanskrit Name: Eka Pada Rajakapotasana A
Pronunciation: ek-ah PAH-dah RAJ-ah-kap-oh-TAH-sah-nah A
Pose Level: Advanced
Drishti: Nasagre (Tip of the nose)
Pose Type: Backbends, Binds, Chest Openers, Hip Openers

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