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kapotasana – pigeon pose

(cop-poh-TAHS-anna)
kapota = pigeon or dove

this is one of the many forms of Eka Pada Rajakapotasana or one-legged king pigeon pose. in yin yoga, this is also called sleeping swan. it seems that across the board this is one of yogis favorite pose. it’s a wonderful hip opener and a wonderful pose to do after you are nice and warmed up.

benefits:
– stretches the thighs, groins and psoas, abdomen, chest and shoulders, and neck
– opens the shoulders and chest
– stimulates the abdominal organs

cautions/contraindications:
– sacroiliac injury
– knee or ankle injury
– tight hips or thighs

preparatory poses:
baddha konasana – bound angle pose
utthita trikonasana – triangle pose
vrksasana – tree pose

image credit melita