eka pada galavasana


asana tips and trivia: eka pada galavasana

eka = one, pada = foot, galava = the name of a sage

Flying pigeon, as this posture is mostly called, is dedicated to the sage Galava, and I admit it´s a bit of a brainer. Looking at it, you might notice it´s like the sitting pigeon pose tilted 45 degrees forward and lifted onto the hands.

After a full warm-up, I start with a deep hip opener (chair pose with one leg in figure 4 over the opposite knee). Now, your hands go to the mat. Your right knee is on the right elbow, and your right foot reaches across to hook around the left elbow. Once that’s done, flex the right toes as if your life depended on it – that’s going to make the whole leg-arm structure stable. Slowly lean the weight into your hands, gripping with the fingertips and using your core muscles to lift your hips up making them lighter. Start to see if you can lift your left toes off the floor, and then extent the whole left leg up in the air behind you!


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