One-Legged Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana) Variation with a Block

Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana) stretches the hips, glutes, groin, and psoas muscle. It can help to relieve sciatica and reduce stress and anxiety.

Modifying the pose in this way by placing a block under the hip helps to keep the hips aligned and prevents strain on the groin.

Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana) with a Block: How to Do it Step-by-Step

Step 1

Start in Downward Facing Dog, then bring your leg leg forward to the top of the mat. Bring the right shin forward, and try to place the right shin parallel to the front of the mat. Straighten the left leg behind you.

Step 2

Place a block under the right hip. Keep the left leg aligned with the left hip and the hips square to the top of the mat.

Step 3

Keep the spine extended, or bring the forearms down onto another block placed in front of you, increasing the stretch in the hips. Stay here for 1-5 minutes, then repeat on the other side.