Eka Pada Rajakapotasana - Mermaid Pose
Flow with the waves
This graceful asana allows you to cultivate strength and stability on and off the mat. Give it a try and increase your capacity to be light hearted, playful and graceful.
With that in mind, flow with the waves and release your inner mermaid!
- Start in Downward Facing Dog. Bring your right shin to the front of the mat and extend your rear leg straight to come into pigeon pose.
- Square your hips and shoulders to find an even distribution of weight across the left and right sides of your body.
- Begin to bend your left knee and draw your left foot in toward your body.
- Reach back with your left hand and take a hold of the top of your left foot. Slide your left foot up your inner forearm and into the crease of your left elbow. Extend your right arm up high.
- Draw your tailbone down toward the ground and point your hips and shoulders forward. Gaze slightly upwards.
- Remain in the pose for up to 5 breaths, then gently release the bind on an exhale. Repeat on the other side.
- Place a blanket beneath your hip for added support.
- If you find it difficult to rest the foot in the elbow crease, loop a strap around the top of your back foot and gently drawing your foot in towards your body
- Stretches the quadriceps, hips, groins, back, chest, and shoulders.
- Strengthens the core and pelvic floor
- Creates space through the front body.
- Improves digestive system and reproductive system.
- Improves balance.
- Recent or chronic injury to the hips, knees or shoulders.
- High blood pressure
- Neck pains or injuries.