Rajakapotasana (King Pigeon Pose) registers as 38* on BKS Iyengar’s 60* scale of difficulty in Light on Yoga. As Iyengar explains, “This is a very attractive, but difficult pose.”
Rajakapotasana is very beautiful and very difficult. If Eka Pada Rajakapotasana I is in your practice, begin exploring Rajakapotasana with care. Iyengar offers two options in the pose: you can either place your hands on your knees (more difficult) or place your hands on the floor (less difficult). When you place your hands on the floor, you’ll find you have greater ease in curling your head back towards your toes.
I highly recommend working on this pose with another seasoned yogi(ni). So far, the only times I’ve been able to touch my head to my feet, I’ve been assisted by my teacher’s coaching and gentle adjustments.
Any yogis out there have other tips on working on this pose? Let’s hear ‘em!