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Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, or One-Legged King Pigeon Pose or simply “pigeon” in English, has long been one of my favorite poses. Aside from how fun it is to say in sanskirt (try it), I’ve always liked the release I feel in folding over my front leg. For people with tight hips and psoas, this pose isn’t as enjoyable and the release may not quite be as full (or there at all).

(photos via Yoga Journal)

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana is the first in a series of increasingly difficult pigeon poses, one of which involves bending the back  leg and holding onto that foot.  A simliar pose, Mermaid, opens the quads and shoulders even more. Here’s a great explaination of how to work up to Mermaid using Eka Pada Rajakapotasana.