Free Hand King Pigeon Pose

Salamba Shraddha Hasta Raja Kapotasana

Translation: Free Hand King Pigeon Pose


This pose can be entered from a number of different postures. In Lotus or half Lotus one leg can simply be taken behind the body. From Downward Dog or One leg Downward Dog the knee can simply be placed on the mat. From the Cat Tilt or Child pose take one knee forward.

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Bring one knee forward and to the edge of the mat. Take the foot of the bent leg forward to stretch the knee also. Stretch the other leg back. Lengthen through the inside of the leg all the way to the big toe.

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Place the hands on the mat in front of the leading leg for an easier pose. Place the hands under the hips for a slightly harder pose. (You can place the finger tips on the mat for a better stretch around the shoulders). Whatever you decide to do the force of this arm pressure will reduce the pressure on the hip. This may be done for relief or for balance.



Open your hands out when you feel settled on the hips.

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This is a hip stretch but can also stretch the muscles of the knee in the leading leg. The lower back is also stretched. The major muscle that is stretched here is the glutues maximus but other muscles are also stretched such as the glutues minimus, piriformis, the orbturator internus with is part of the pelvic mat, the superior gemellus, inferior gemellus and the gluteus minimus. The quadratus femoris a big muscle that is behind the hip and femur is also stretched.


Vinyasa Yoga postures to transition from and to:


Downward Facing Kapotasana  yoga position half moon  Anjaneyasana lunge pose  chair pose utkatasana  Downward Facing Dog pose  Downward Dog  Yoga Positionse Janu Sirsasana  Yoga Posture Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana  Parsva Dandasana  cat pose flow  Downward Facing Staff Pose  Parsva Dandasana  chaturanga dandasana  astangasana  Yoga Posture Samabhasana  cobra pose Bhujangasana  Yoga Posture Samabhasana  Yoga Positions Kapotasana  Yoga Posture Kapotasana  Yoga Posture hanumanasana  Navasana boat pose


Adho Muka Kapotasana  Ardha Chandrasana  Anjaneyasana  Ardha Padmasana  Adho Mukha Svanasana  Eka Pada Adho Muka Svanasana  Janu Sirsasana  Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana  Parivrtta Parighasana  Cat Flow,  Adho Mukha Dandasana  Parsva Dandasana  Chaturanga Dandasana  Astangasana  Salabhasana  Bhujangasana  Upavistha Parivrttasana  Salamba Kapotasana  Ardha Kapotasana  Hanumanasana  Navasana