Yoga Pose: One Legged King Pigeon - Mermaid, Mermaid (Eka Pāda Rājakapotāsana)

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  • One Legged King Pigeon - Mermaid

  • Eka Pāda Rājakapotāsana

  • eka = one
  • pāda = foot or leg
  • rāja = king
  • kapota = pigeon
  • āsana = posture
  • Alt. Name:
    Mermaid
  • Category:
    Seated / Backbend
  • Difficulty:
    Intermediate
  • Description:

    From a seated position with the hips squared, one leg is extended forward with the knee bent and parallel to the earth. The front heel is rooted close to the groin (or extended out in a 90 degree angle if flexibility allows). The other leg is extended back with the knee bent and perpendicular to the earth. The back foot is hooked on the inside of the elbow of the back arm. The front elbow is bent upward perpendicular to the earth with the bicep by the ear. The fingers are interlaced to connect the bind behind the body and assist in opening the chest. The gaze is natural and forward.

  • Benefits:

    Stretches the thighs, groins (psoas), abdomen, chest, shoulders and neck. Stimulates the abdominal organs. Opens the shoulders and chest.