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20 yoga poses to channel your inner animal

By: Anna Norris on Oct. 9, 2013, 3:45 p.m.
A woman in Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, or One-Legged King Pigeon Pose

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Pigeon Pose (Kapotasana)

Kapotasana (kapota meaning "pigeon" in Sanskrit) has many variations. The advanced pose Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (One-Legged King Pigeon Pose, shown here) opens up the chest and benefits the back, groin, thighs and hips as well. A simpler version of Kapotasana, with the back leg extended fully to the floor, is an excellent pose to open up the hips.