Yoga Pose of the Week: Eka Pada Galavasana (Flying Pigeon)

Hey readers! The yoga pose of the week with Brittany Ford is Eka Pada Galavasana.

How it’s Done:

  1. Begin in your Figure 4 pose with your right ankle to the front of your left leg above your knee and flex into your right foot standing on the left leg.
  2. Bring your palms together with you hands in front of your heart.  Softly bend into the left leg and sink into your hips, sending your hips down and back and your heart and chest forward.  Place the triceps on the front of the right shin and press the arms and legs against one another to straighten the spine.
  3.  Come into a forward bend, bringing the palms of the hands to the floor.
  4. Hook the toes of the right foot around your upper left arm. Keep the right foot strongly flexed and the toes tightly hugging the arm.
  5. Bend the elbows, coming into Chaturanga arms.
  6. Bring the weight of the body forward as you lift the left foot off the floor keeping the knee bent at first.  In order to straighten the leg behind you, it is crucial to keep the head lifted and the weight of the body moving forward.
  7. Bring even more weight forward as you straighten the left leg behind you.
  8. Flex the left foot strongly as you continue to hug the right foot to your upper arm.
  9. Slowly come on the same way you entered.

Beginners:  It is important to know your own body and to stop at any point in this pose when you feel that it is enough!

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