A classic Yoga Asana, which is camera friendly and multipurpose. In Sanskrit, Ardha means “half” and kapota means “pigeon”.  Ardh kapotasana is named after a great master, Kapota. His yogic accomplishments are documented in scriptures such as the Mahabharata and the Kalika Purana.

What makes Ardh Kapotasana so special?

The posture is widely practiced by athletes, sports people, gymnasts and dancers. Yoga handles stiff hips in a variety of ways. But mostly through a family of poses, popularly called the “hip openers.” Ardh kapotasana is a great backbend that strengthens the lower back. It’s fascinating to see the variations of this asana, which has been tailored for people with stiffness in different areas.

Chakra-wise

The posture stretches the abdominal-pelvic muscles and affects the Manipura chakra (Solar-plexus).  As the seat of digestive fire, this Chakra regulates the function of the Pancreas and digestive organs. Therefore, an active Manipura Chakra supports good health and assists in overcoming many illnesses.

Benefits of Ardh kapotasana

  • As we balance in the centre and bend backwards, the abdominal area is engaged. It is a great posture to tone up the abdomen and  the abdominal organs are stimulated.
  •  This pose is perfect for tight hips because it stretches the hip rotators (the buttocks area) and the hip flexors. This asana increases the lower body’s flexibility.
  •  It is a great post-run stretch to relax the muscles around the thigh and groin area. This stance is useful for conditioning your thighs.
  • It strengthens the back, while being a great stretch for the spine. It improves the posture thereby giving dancers a better stance.
  • Prepares the body for seated postures such as Padmasana(Lotus Pose). Thereby ensuring more composure in meditative postures.

Contradictions

Avoid in case of knee injury or severe back pain.

Pro-tip

Stretch your torso upward, furthermore take your front calf away from the thigh to help you balance better.

Finally the asana works magic in your lower body and spine. Wherever you are and whatever you do, 30 seconds in this posture will improve your overall health and flexibility.

– ITI JAIN