Eka Pada Rajakapotasana|One-legged King Pigeon Pose
Benefits: ・ Stretches the thighs, psoas, abdomen, chest, shoulders and neck. ・ Stimulates the abdominal organs ・ Calms the nervous system, thus calming the "monkey" mind
Contraindications: ・ Sacroiliac injury ・ Ankle injury ・ Knee injury (I would advise to keep the foot of the bent leg flexed) ・ Tight hips or thighs
This advanced asana eluded me for quite some time because of the grip you need to take with your hands. If you feel that your practice is strong and you are ready to try out this posture, please make sure you warm up the body firstly; emphasis on stretching the quads, shoulders and back body. When practicing, make sure you breathe through each movement - deep Ujjayi breaths. I hope this video sheds some light on entering this pose!