What is Pigeon Pose?
Pigeon pose, or kapotasana in Sanskrit, provides a deep stretch to the hips. It's the most basic of several pigeon variations. The pose is a half split with the back leg reaching back and the front leg bent. The torso remains upright.
- Begin in downward facing dog.
- Exhale and bring the left leg forward, bending the knee. Place the calf and outer thigh on the floor.
- Lower the pelvis toward the floor. Stretch the back leg straight back, toes untucked.
- Support an upright torso with the fingertips on the floor beside the hips. Open the chest and gaze forward.
- Breathe while holding the pose.
- Inhale and step back to downward facing dog. Change sides.
- Avoid if there is hip injury
Benefits of Pigeon Pose
- Opens the hips
- Improves blood circulation
- Boosts energy
- Improves focus and stills the mind
- Stimulates the reproductive, nervous and endocrine systems
- Improves digestion
Pigeon Pose Details
- Sanskrit Name
- Pose Level
- Nasagre (Tip of the nose)
- Pose Type
- Backbends, Hip Openers, Seated Poses