Challenge Pose: One-Legged King Pigeon Pose II

Open your chest and shoulders and 
challenge your balance as you move step by step into Eka Pada Rajakapotasana II.

Open your chest and shoulders and challenge your balance as you move step-by-step into Eka Pada Rajakapotasana II

PREVIOUS STEP IN YOGAPEDIA3 Prep Poses for One-Legged King Pigeon Pose II

This calming yet uplifting backbend stretches the deep hip flexors, and it also opens the chest, upper back, and shoulders; it requires a combination of stability and mobility—as well as total presence.

Tip: Stay safe

This pose offers us a wonderful opportunity to experience the power of the pause. We learn to slow down and feel the moments that make up our movements. We stop along the way to breathe and reflect. We pose and repose. We are learning to do and perceive at the same time. This deliberate pausing (and breathing) synchronizes the body, mind, and breath so that they dance together. This way, we can stop, readjust, and back off when there is either unsteadiness or too much resistance, ultimately moving toward the effortless effort described by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutra.

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Carrie Owerko is a New York–based Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher, Laban Movement Analyst, and playful-practice enthusiast. She travels the world sharing her love of inquiry and the practice of Iyengar Yoga.

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