Eka-Pada-Rajakapotasana: A comprehensive guide to stress relief and anxiety management through Yoga

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Eka-Pada-Rajakapotasana: Relieve Stress and Anxiety with Yoga


Eka-Pada-Rajakapotasana, commonly known as the One-Legged King Pigeon Pose, is a yoga asana known for its profound impact on stress and anxiety reduction. This pose requires the use of a belt or strap as a prop to achieve optimal benefits.

Method: Navigating Eka-Pada-Rajakapotasana

  1. Pigeon Pose Foundation:
    Begin in a simple pigeon pose by bending your left knee and placing the end of the belt around your left foot, with toes facing upward.
  2. Forward Fold with Belt Engagement:
    Draw your body forward, grasp the other end of the belt, and pull it towards you. Resist your foot against the strap and walk your hands down the strap, bringing your foot closer to your head.
  3. Inhalation and Head Tilt:
    Inhale deeply as your hands reach your foot or near it. Exhale while tilting your head back.
  4. Hold and Release:
    Maintain the pose for 10-30 seconds before gradually releasing the strap and transitioning out of the pose. Repeat the process on the opposite side.

Beneficial Outcomes of Eka-Pada-Rajakapotasana

  • Effective hip opener
  • Stretches lower body muscles
  • Relieves stress and anxiety
  • Stimulates internal organs
  • Stretches deep glutes, groins, and psoas muscles
  • Improves urinary function
  • Relieves piriformis impingement
  • Alleviates sciatic pain

In addition to its stress-relieving properties, Eka-Pada-Rajakapotasana has
numerous health benefits. It improves urinary function by stimulating
internal organs. Stretching the deep glutes, groins, and psoas muscles
alleviates sciatic pain and piriformis impingement.


Integrating Eka-Pada-Rajakapotasana into your yoga practice can
significantly reduce stress and anxiety while bestowing a myriad of health
benefits. Embrace this pose with mindfulness and enjoy its transformative

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