The Mermaid Pose or Eka Pada Rajakapotasana in Sanskrit (Eka means ‘one’, Pada means ‘foot’, Raja means ‘King’, Kapota means ‘pigeon’, and asana means ‘pose’), also known as the Pigeon Pose variation, is an advanced level seated back bending, heart and hip opening yoga pose.
This asana is primarily based on the Pigeon Pose and offers the same advantages. However, it’s more beginner-friendly, as it does not require as much flexibility and strength as the pigeon pose. The mermaid pose targets several body parts at once, including the middle and lower back, hamstrings, ankles, feet, chest, pelvic, quads, hips, and psoas muscles.
Benefits and Contraindications
Stretches and rejuvenates the spine
Stretches the shoulders and quadriceps
Energizes the body and mind
Opens the hips and chest
Improves circulation to the pelvic region
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