Eka Pada Rajakapotasana – One-Legged King Pigeon Pose

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana – One-Legged King Pigeon Pose


Eka Pada Rajakapotasana 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 is, this pose resembles the position of the one legged pigeon.  It is called as One-Legged King Pigeon Pose in English.

The preparatory Poses for Eka Pada Rajakapotasana are SuptaVirasana, Supta Baddha Konasana, Vrksasana Setu Bandha, Virasana, Gomukhasana, Utthita Parsvakonasana, Bhujangasana, Baddha Konasana ,Utthita Trikonasana; and the follow up poses are, it’s another three types, Ardha Matsyendrasana, Adho Mukha Svanasana And Uttanasana.

Steps Involved:

  1. From the Table pose
  2. Bring the right knee forward between your hands and let the right foot slide over to the left.
  3. Place the left leg back; lower the hips towards the yoga mate.
  4. Breathing should be normal.
  5. Press down into the palms or fingertips, inhale and reach the crown of the head up, lengthening the spine.
  6. Exhale and sink the hips down into the yoga mate.
  7. Roll the shoulders down and back and press and lean forward through the chest.
  8. Hold this position.
  9. Breathe and hold for three to six breaths.
  10. Exit by support your weight with the hands as you bring back the right knee to form the table pose.
  11. Repeat the entire above steps with the opposite side.
  12. Practising this pose regularly will yield the best results.


  • It strengthens the back.
  • Increases the digestive and reproductive systems.
  • It helps to increase the flexibility
  • Stretches the thighs, groins and psoas, abdomen, chest and shoulders, and neck
  • The deep stretch relieves the body of stress and anxiety.
  • Traditionally thought to control sexual desire
  • Opens the Chest, hips and shoulders
  • 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.

  • Sacroiliac injury
  • Knee injury
  • Tight hips or thighs
  • Ankle injury
  • 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.