Tough Yoga Poses

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There are some very tough yoga poses that are recommended to try only after you have been practicing the basic poses for a few months. Here are the tough yoga poses explained.

Pigeon Pose

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The Pigeon Pose is known as Kapotasana in Sanskrit. ‘Kapota’ means pigeon in Sanskrit. This is a seated yoga pose. It is a medium level yoga pose. This asana opens up the mid-section or the chest of human body and fortifies the crotch and the back. It also helps in increasing the flexibility of the body and the hip area. It also opens up the thighs and the hips. 

Benefits of Pigeon Pose/ Kapotasana

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  • Kapotasana helps to increase the elasticity in the spine, thighs, calf muscles, shoulders, arms and hands
  • It helps to stretch and strengthen the joints and muscles in the legs.
  • It tones the muscles of the throat and also the organs inside your ribcage, chest and abdomen.
  • Kapotasana regulates the blood circulation in the body and also improves the working of the digestive system.
  • It relieves sciatica and makes the lungs stronger.
  • It also helps to reduce the lower blood pressure and the effects of the other chronic diseases. 
  • It soothes the mind and relieves stress.
  • Kapotasana activates the nervous system and increases the body’s intake of oxygen.
  • It reduces the stiffness in the shoulders, hips and back. 
  • It also helps to treat urinary disorders.

One-Legged King Pigeon Pose

One-Legged Pigeon Pose is a yoga asana known as Eka Pada Rajakapotasana in Sanskrit. It can be broken down into ‘Eka’ meaning one, ‘Pada’ meaning foot or leg, ‘Raja’ meaning King and ‘Kapota’ meaning pigeon. This one is an advanced level pose in which the chest puffs up and you perform it in a seated position. The full pose resembles the stance of a pigeon. 

Benefits Of Eka Pada Rajakapotasana/One-Legged Pigeon Pose

  • It stretches the lower body
  • It relieves back pain and sciatica. It strengthens the back
  • It massages the abdominal organs and also helps in improving digestion
  • It deepens the stretch and helps to relieve anxiety and stress
  • It improves the functioning of the reproductive and urinary systems
  • It strengthens the groin and opens up the chest
  • It opens up the hips and makes the body flexible


The Mayurasana derives its name from the Sanskrit word ‘Mayur’ meaning peacock. Peacock is a symbol of immortality and love according to Hindu tradition. This asana resembles a peacock when it spreads its feathers fully. The Peacock Pose has a lot of benefits. It looks quite complicated but is actually easy to do after some practise. The Mayurasana is a very impressive posture. It requires the hands to be propped up under the belly and it looks as if the person is hovering in the air. 

Benefits of the Peacock Pose/Mayurasana

  • The Peacock Pose detoxifies your body and helps to get rid of fevers and tumors.
  • It tones the digestive organs and also increases blood circulation in the abdominal area thereby making it stronger.
  • It energizes the stomach, liver, spleen, kidneys, pancreas and intestines.
  • The Peacock Pose helps to fight piles and diabetes.
  • It improves the body posture.
  • It also improves sexual activity and reduces menstrual and menopausal problems.
  • The Peacock Pose helps to strengthen the wrist, spine and elbows.
  • This asana calms the mind and also reduces stress.
  • It improves the concentration.
  • It regulates the coordination between the body and mind.
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