Rajakapotasana / King Pigeon Pose – How To Do And What Are Its Benefits?
Yoga asanas can be practiced by everyone irrespective of their health and age. Yoga poses have been divided into basic/ beginners’, intermediate and advanced types. People practice asanas according to their yoga levels. Practicing yoga every day helps in you in staying fit and rejuvenated.
Rajakapotasana is also known as ‘king pigeon pose’. It differs a bit from the pigeon pose in yoga. This asana has its name derived from the Sanskrit term ‘raja’ which means ‘king’, ‘kapota’ which means ‘pigeon’ and ‘asana’ which means ‘pose’ or ‘posture’.
Rajakapotasana can also be classified under intense backbend poses and is often categorized under advanced form of yoga asanas. To learn this asana at home, follow the simple steps mentioned below and get started:-
1. Start your asana by sitting down on the floor in Vajrasana position. Place your palms on your knees. Keep your back straight. Look straight in the forward direction.
2. Kneel down on the floor and place your knees slightly wider than your hips.
3. Inhale and bring your chest forwards, lift up your chin and tilt your head upwards.
4. Fold your right leg from your knees and place it in front of your body with the sole of your feet facing towards left side.
5. Extend your left leg backwards and try to keep it straight without folding it from the knees. Stretch it in the backward direction as much as you can without moving your front body and the other leg.
6. Place your right leg either on your right thigh or on the floor besides your right thigh.
7. Lift up your left hand from the front side and your left leg from the backside of your body.
8. Try to catch your left leg with your left hand.
9. Close your eyes and concentrate on your breath. Do not forget to inhale and exhale properly while you perform this asana.
10. Remain steady in this pose for about 10-20 seconds depending upon your capacity.
11. Release from the pose and sit back in Vajrasana position.
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Contraindications to Rajakapotasana or King Pigeon Pose:
Rajakapotasana being an intense backbend asana should not be practiced by beginners. They must perform such asanas under the guidance of qualified yoga guru. People who face problems like insomnia, headache or migraine problems should refrain from practicing this asana. Also those suffering from high or low blood pressure problems should not practice this yoga asana. In case if you have a neck injury or have recently undergone a neck surgery, then you should refrain from practicing this asana. Avoid performing Rajakapotasana in case of sciatica pain. Other than this, if you face any medical or health issues, you should consult your physician or a yoga teacher for the same.
Benefits of Rajakapotasana:
Rajakapotasana offers you immense benefits.
- It gives a good stretch to your body, especially your spine.
- It stretches your chest, thighs, arms, shoulders and your hands.
- By stretching your chest, you tend to activate your thymus glands.
- Practicing Rajakapotasana regularly helps in improving blood circulation in your body and even enhances your digestive system.
- This asana helps in keeping you away from knee and join pain.
- Rajakapotasana helps in improving your body posture. Furthermore it strengthens your back muscles and joints. It even stimulates your abdominal organs.
If you are stepping on to the advanced level of yoga asanas, then this is right asana for you. Do try practicing this asana at home or under the guidance of yoga expert and check out the difference it leaves behind!!
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