Full King Pigeon Pose (Raja Kapotasana)

A series of illustrated yoga poses with men performing the Full King Pigeon Pose

Full King Pigeon Pose is an advanced backbend and intense hip opener. Full King Pigeon Pose also helps to open the chest and is known to help with posture, alignment, and alleviate sciatic pain and is also known to help with stiffness in the back. Pigeon Pose is known as one of the most popular hip openers, Full King Pigeon is known as the full extension and requires a good amount of flexibility.

Drawings of people performing the Full King Pigeon Pose represented in outline silhouettes

To do Full King Pigeon Pose, begin in Downward Facing Dog, lift the left leg back and move it between the hands laying the leg on the mat with the shin horizontal along the top of the mat. The full expression of this posture requires the Yogi to reach back and grab the left leg while reaching over the head to grab the foot. It can be complicated to get into and takes some practice, try some props like a block or blanket to help with support.

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Full King Pigeon Pose elevations (men & women), outline silhouettes

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