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A Quick Guide to One-Legged King Pigeon Pose (VIDEO)

Meagan McCrary

One-Legged King Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakopatasana) happens to be my favorite pose. It’s my go-to pose for a quick photo-op, and I can still remember the first time my head touched my foot.

The deep backbend requires strength, flexibility, and grace to unfold, opening the entire front of the body, and it feels amazing (if done properly).

Needless to say, the pose can seem pretty impossible to the inflexible. However, with the use of a handy strap and a few key pointers, you could be well on your way to experiencing the pose.

Definitely take 10 to 15 minutes to warm up with a few Sun Salutations, lunges, Humble Warriors, thigh stretches, and hip openers, then grab a strap and watch this short tutorial to One-Legged King Pigeon Pose.

If you have any questions about the pose or additional tips you’d like to share, please comment below. Thanks, and let us know how it goes!

Videographer: Nir Livni Photography

Meagan McCrary
Playful, passionate and practical, Meagan keeps yoga accessible and fun.