Eka Pada Rajakapotasana II – One-Legged King Pigeon Pose II

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana II – One-Legged King Pigeon Pose II

Introduction :

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana II is derived from the combination of the Sanskrit words Eka(one), pada(leg), raja (king), kapota  (pigeon) and  asana (posture or pose). The reason for the name Eka Pada Rajakapotasana II is, this pose resembles the position of the one legged pigeon.  It is called as One-Legged King Pigeon Pose II in English.

Preparatory Poses for Eka Pada Rajakapotasana II are Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Bow or Wheel Pose), Supta Virasana (Reclining Hero Pose), Dhanurasana (Bow Pose), Eka Pada Rajakapotasana I (One-Legged King Pigeon Pose I), Virasana (Hero Pose), Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose)  and Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose); and the follow-up poses are Rajakapotasana (King Pigeon Pose) and Eka Pada Rajakapotasana III and IV (One-Legged King Pigeon Poses III and IV)

Steps Involved:

  1. Start with low lunge with right leg forward and foot flat and grounded, left leg back with shin on floor.
  2. Bend the left knee and reach the back with left arm to hold foot from the tip.
  3. Relax the left hip, rotate left arm over left shoulder.
  4. Firming core to protect back, and reaching over with right arm to hold left foot.
  5. Allow the head to face upward.
  6. Hold pose 3 to 7 breaths or as long as comfortable
  7. Do all of the above steps with the opposite side.


  • It strengthens the back.
  • Stimulate the organs of the neck and abdomen
  • Increases the digestive and reproductive systems.
  • It helps to increase the flexibility
  • Stretches the thighs, groins and psoas, abdomen, chest and shoulders, neck and throat
  • The deep stretch relieves the body of stress and anxiety.
  • Traditionally thought to control sexual desire
  • Opens the Chest, hips and shoulders
  • Stretches the deep hip flexors
  • Helps to solve the Urinary disorders
  • Stimulates the abdominal organs
  • It relieves back problems, especially sciatica.
  • Increases circulation to urinary

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.

  • Neck Injuries
  • Migraine
  • Knee injury
  • Tight hips or thighs
  • Ankle injury
  • Insomnia
  • Meniscus or ligament injury.
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Pregnant women

Practise this yoga daily, will yield the better results.

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

To get the full benefit of this Pose, keep your mind calm while maintaining alignment.

Beginners can use folded blankets under the right side of the butt.

Beginners can practise this pose with the help of wall, if they find any difficulties.