Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (One-Legged King Pigeon Pose) – Alignment, Benefits & Cautions

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana is also known as the king of the hip openers. It’s an extremely beneficial posture to open your pelvis and groin. If you feel stiff in your hips, the One-Legged King Pigeon Pose can really help you to overcome the tightness and increase your flexibility.

  1. Start in Parvatasana or Mountain Pose
  2. Inhale raise your right leg up towards the ceiling
  3. Exhale, bring your right knee to the front, close to your nose
  4. Place the outer right thigh, right buttocks and foot don to your mat and adjust your position
  5. Your right sole should touch the left pelvis
  6. Drop your left leg down and keep the leg straight
  7. Your left pelvis should touch on the mat
  8. Push both hips down and keep them faced forward
  9. If you don’t feel comfortable, take a block or pillow and place it just under your right buttocks
  10. Place your hands in cup shape right next to you
  11. Straighten your spine and look forward


  • Increases external range of motion of the femur in the hip socket
  • Improves flexibility in the hips, pelvis and groin
  • Lengthens the hip flexors


This posture should be avoided if you had a hip replacement or are currently facing a hip injury

To be sure that you practise an asana correctly, we recommend participating in our Yoga Teacher Training Program.