Yoga Pose of the Week: Pigeon Crescent

Strike a Yoga Pose: Pigeon Crescent

This variation of the Pigeon pose, takes it to a whole new level. After experimenting with Pigeon Twist, you are going to want to try Pigeon Crescent. The pose feels very majestic and peaceful and really opens up your hips.


Sanskrit Name: Eka Pada Kapotasana (variation)
English Translation: One-Legged King Pigeon Pose (variation)
Also Called: Pigeon Crescent

  • Begin in Downward Facing Dog. Bring your right knee forward between your hands and come into Pigeon pose.
  • Rest your right hand beside your right shin and bend your left knee.
  • Reach for your left foot with your right hand and place the top of your foot in the crook of your left elbow.
  • Keep your left elbow bent to hold your foot in place, and then raise your right arm overhead. If you can, hold your right fingers with your left hand.
  • Work on opening through your chest and arching back slightly, but try to keep the weight of your torso right over your hips. Stay here for five or more breaths, and then gently release your arms and straighten your left leg behind you.
  • Plant your palms on either side of your right knee and step your right leg back and come into Downward Facing Dog, holding here for one complete breath. Then bring your left knee forward in between your hands and do this pose on the other side.
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