That’s me trying hard to do Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajkapotasana I = One-Legged King Pigeon).
This pose is so challenging that even the preparation for it is already a pose.
I always loved the shape of it and wonder when I’m going to be able to do it, because I’ll be happy as hell. That’s how the pose “should” look like:
Photo: Sara Whitney Yoga
Do you see this backbend? It’s perfect. A wonderful pose. And the chest opening … gorgeus!
Pigeon is also a great hip openener and also is good to energize the spine, the throat, the back of the neck. It’s a pose that can give you a lot.
But, as everything in life, all that doesn’t come easy. That’s how far I can go until now:
Long way to go.
Whithout the strap is even harder, so if you can invest a little money buying one of those props, it’s worth it.
I keep saying to myself while I’m in this pose: “Don’t give up! Don’t give up!”
I lose balance and fall to one side and that makes me feel frustrated.
“Don’t give up”, I say to myself, and try it again.
I like this pose very much because while I’m in it I feel I’m embracing my past, what lies behind me, and embracing it makes me feel as a whole.
I feel as a circle, and this shape for me is a circle. So, the “power” this pose gives me is this:
The ability to integrate the past in my life, and to feel as a whole. A very powerful pose, and beautiful too.
I keep losing balance and falling. Isn’t the same also in life?
My personal affirmations:
- “My life is one”
- “I’m a whole, a comprehensive whole”.
- “I accept the past”.
- “I’m a circle, a wheel, a flux. Life is flowing”
- “I hold my past, I’m comfortable”
- “I mold the shape of my life, I flow”.