Sanskrit Name – Kapotasana
Sanskrit Name Meaning – Kapota – Pigeon, Asana - Pose
Type of Asana – Backbend Yoga Pose
Target Areas – Full Body
WHAT IS PIGEON POSE (KAPOTASANA)?
Pigeon Pose (Kapotasana) is an advanced backbend yoga pose that stretches your core, opens your hips, back, chest and shoulders.
DO NOT PRACTICE PIGEON POSE (KAPOTASANA) IF:
You have a leg, hip or back injury
You have issues with blood pressure
You’ve recently had surgery
BENEFITS OF PIGEON POSE (KAPOTASANA)
Improves posture and balance
Stimulates your abdominal organs
Stretches your hip flexors, opens your chest and shoulders
HOW TO PRACTICE PIGEON POSE (KAPOTASANA) IN 3 EASY STEPS
Kneel on the ground. Place your fingertips on your lower back and press against the back of your pelvis. Arch back and reach your hands down to the ground behind you. Lower the crown of your head to the floor too and then lift it off the floor slightly and raise your hips.
Lift through your pelvis (not your back) and walk your hands down to your ankles. Lower your forearms to the floor. Inhale and expand your chest. Lift through your pelvis. Press down into your forearms and shins.
Practice this asana for as long as you feel comfortable and then exit the pose and rest in Child’s Pose (Balasana).
Practice this asana with one leg in Half Pigeon Pose (Ardha Kapotasana).
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