Revolved Pigeon Pose

Parivrtta kapotasana

What is Revolved Pigeon Pose?

Revolved pigeon pose, or parivrtta kapotasana in Sanskrit, is a twisted variation of pigeon pose. It opens the hips with the added benefits of a twist.


  • Begin in pigeon pose with the right leg forward.
  • Place the left forearm on the floor in front of the right leg, parallel to the front of the mat.
  • Inhale and reach the right arm up and back. Grasp the right toes or press the back of the hand against the left hip.
  • Breathe while holding the pose.
  • Exhale and unwind. Change sides.


  • Avoid if there is hip injury.

Benefits of Revolved Pigeon Pose

  • Stretches the glutes
  • Externally rotates the thighs
  • Releases tension in the back
  • Stretches the hip flexors
  • Opens the front of the body

Revolved Pigeon Pose Details
Sanskrit Name: Parivrtta kapotasana
Pronunciation: par-iv-rit-tah cop-oh-TAH-sah-nah
Pose Level: Intermediate
Drishti: Urdhva (Toward the sky)
Pose Type: Backbends, Binds, Hip Openers, Twists

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