Pigeons are birds with beautiful posture and in the context of doing Yoga, the posture pigeons have is a form of art, physical exercise, and meditation.
One of the tenets of Yoga is harmony with nature and so, many of the Asanas or yoga postures are mimicking what can be seen around us like plants, animals, constellations, and such.
Practicing Yoga has a lot of benefits not only to the mind but also to the body as it promotes better blood circulation, flexibility, and muscle endurance. Today, let’s warm up, stretch our bodies, and time to learn another new Yoga asana! Also, don’t forget to check out our answer to do online yoga classes actually work?
Kapotasana: Learning the Art of Pigeon Pose, its Forms, Benefits, and How-to
Traditionally, it is a vital concept of Yoga that a person has an internal connection with nature and the energies around oneself, and these are channeled through the chakras or energy points in the body or a person.
Over time, our interactions with our surrounding causes strain and imbalance to the chakras and thus have effects on our focus, mood, and energy level. That’s where yoga asanas come to play their vital role in restoring the balance from within oneself.
A portmanteau of two Sanskrit words ‘kapota’ meaning pigeon, and ‘asana’ meaning posture, Kaptosana mimics the posture that of the pigeons. As simple as it sounds, what could be the wonders behind this simple but amazing yoga asana?
What is Pigeon Pose
Originally, this was a variant of another asana that is called Rajakapotasana or King Pigeon Pose. According to tradition, this yoga posture helps stimulate the Anahata Chakra or commonly known as Heart Chakra.
The heart chakra is responsible for many intrapersonal and interpersonal behaviors such as courage, connection, peace of mind, generosity, and self-love. These behaviors have a great effect to one’s aura being emitted towards other, thus affecting harmony on one’s surrounding.
With this on your understanding, you’ll surely find practicing this yoga pose very beneficial to you especially if you’re feeling a bit off around you or having an uneasy mood on the circles that you’re orbiting and orbiting around you.
Different Foms of Kapotasana
This yoga asana is one of the well-known yoga poses and has several variants to which you can try to learn. Some of there are:
- King Pigeon Pose (Rajakapotasana)
- Pigeon on a Perch
- Resting Pigeon Pose
- Resting Pigeon Pose
- Reclined Pigeon Pose
These variants of the pigeon pose require more practice as it has a higher level of difficulty which in the course of time you’re practicing this yoga posture, you’ll surely be accustomed to doing with ease.
The Benefits of doing Kapotasana
Generally, yoga by tradition has a spiritual benefit to those who practice this religiously. Whilst modern yoga which is more common today especially in the west is more focused on the physical and mental benefits yoga can give to those who practice it.
To encourage you to start practicing Kapotasana, here are some of the benefits that you’ll have in this asana.
- FlexibilityThe pigeon pose involves stretching the legs from the hip level as well as the abdominal areas. This has a great benefit to one’s flexibility both on upper and lower extremities alike.
- Blood CirculationAs the stretches of the pigeon pose create a sliding slope flow from the heart level all the way to the tip of the toe, it stimulates better blood circulation as the strain of stretching makes the heart pump more blood. This enhances the energy levels are well.
- Digestion and MoodWith the stretches on the abdominal areas very strong in this asana, together with the better blood circulation, it strongly helps one’s digestion tracks.
According to the studies of Ayuvedic medicine, stressors, fear, and anxieties are more likely to be stored in the hips, where the posture strain is at peak, and thus, regular practice of Kapotasana helps to relieve those negative energies.
Steps on doing Kapotasana
Doing yoga in a quiet room is very conducive and it amplifies the effects of meditation and the overall benefits of practicing yoga asanas. Also, a clear yoga matting will also help you stay in position while doing Kapotasana. Don’t forget your proper yoga outfit for an overall yoga experience.
- Step 1: begin with Downward-Facing Dog Posture with both knees and the palms on the yoga matting.
- Step 2: stretch the right leg straight with the feet pointing away and then place the right leg in an Indian-seat like position.
- Step 3: as the palms on the matting, arch your back slowly, stretching the abdominal area from the hip level facing towards the sky. Best effects are felt when the hands are pushing against the matting on the degree of stretch you can bear at the moment.
- Step 4: Stay on this position for 5-10 slow deep breathes then relax. Repeat until used to. Increase the intensity of push to the amount of stretch you can bear.
To avoid serious injuries, make sure you are away from obstructions or other objects that can cause instability to your balance. Slowly and carefully follow the steps and above all, enjoy doing yoga asanas!