Eka Pada Galavasana – Flying Crow Pose

Eka Pada Galavasana – Flying Crow Pose


Eka Pada Galavasana it is derived from the combination of the Sanskrit words Eka(One),Pada(Leg),Galava (Galava: Name of a sage), asana (posture or pose). The reason for the name Eka Pada Galavasana is, this pose resembles the position of the Flying Crow.  It is called as Flying Crow Pose orOne-Legged Balance or Flying Pigeon in English.

It is an advanced level yoga pose. Beginners must practise under the expert’s supervision.

Steps Involved:

  1. Form the Utkatasana (Chair Pose)
  2. Make sure your palms at the center of the chest.
  3. Off the left foot from the floor
  4. Place left outer ankle on top of your right knee.
  5. Have steady normal breathing
  6. Bend your standing knee
  7. Try to lengthen the spine as much as you can.
  8. Lower your hips and bring your chest to the left outer hip.
  9. Have steady normal breathing
  10. Bend forwardly and wrap your right triceps by your left foot
  11. bring your palms to the floor,
  12. Bend your elbows, and bring your chest forward(like Chaturanga)
  13. Bend your elbows until it form a 90-degree angle.
  14. Feel the whole body weight on your hands
  15. Straighten your right leg parallel to the ground.
  16. Press the floor as much as you can and bring the chest forward.
  17. Hold this position for 30 to 60 seconds.
  18. Repeat all the above steps with the opposite side.


  • Opens the Hip.
  • Strengthens the whole upper body.
  • Stimulate the abdominal organs.
  • Increases the Digestive system.
  • Improves the focus and balance.
  • Strengthen the shoulders and the arms.

Dos, Don’ts and Tips:

People with the following problem please avoid practising this pose, or practise under the expert’s supervisions and doctor’s advice.

  • Wrist problems
  • Hip Problems
  • Recent Shoulder Injury
  • High blood pressure
  • Pregnancy

Practise this yoga daily, will yield the better results.

It’s good to do this pose in the morning with empty stomach.

It is advanced level yoga pose. Please follow the below instructions to avoid the difficulties and ensure the Safety.

  • Do not rush.
  • If you find any pain or any discomfort in hips and shoulders. Please exit the pose and ask the expert’s help.
  • It needs lots of balance on your hands and arms to hold the entire body health.
  • Please avoid this yoga by practising yourself. Find a good yoga teacher to learn.
  • First increase the strength to hold your body on hands
  • Should overcome the fear of falling
  • The weight should be equal on both sides of the elbows
  • Practise the following as warm-up: Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) and Anjaneyasana (Low Lunge).