eka pada galavasana
asana tips and trivia: eka pada galavasana
eka = one, pada = foot, galava; the name of a sage
Flying pigeon, as this posture is mostly called, is dedicated to the sage Galava. I admit it´s a bit of a brainer. Looking at it, you might notice it´s like the sitting pigeon pose tilted 45 degrees forward. After a full warm-up, I start with a deep hip opener (chair pose with one leg in figure 4 over the opposite knee). Now, hands go to mat. And once you´ve managed to hook your right foot across over the left knee, flex that foot as if your life depended on it! This will make it stay where it is and keep the whole leg-arm structure stable.