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