Flying Pigeon Pose, also known as Eka Pada Galavasana in Sanskrit is a great yoga pose for increasing arm and core strength, opening your hips, and improving balance. It is not a beginner pose, though—you’ll need some solid yoga practice, strength, and balance to do this pose safely and effectively.
Benefits and Contraindications
Strengthens the abdominal muscles and arms.
Opens up the hips, inner thighs and stretches the glutes.
Low blood pressure (hypotension)
Spine, neck, feet, hips, wrists, hands, fingers, legs, knees, pelvis, or ankles injury or recent surgery involving any of these areas
Sciatica or other spine, back, or hip joints injuries
Photo poses in different angles
Modifications, Props & Tips
Using yoga blocks or a pillow in front of you can help you overcome your fear of falling face down on the floor.
If you feel this pose in your wrists you can, to reduce pressure, roll up a mat and place the palm of the hands on the mat and the fingers on the floor.
If elbows fall out to the sides, wider than your hands/shoulders, you can tighten a strap around your arms just over your elbows to keep them together.