Yoga Pose of the Week: Flying Pigeon

Or in yogi terms, Eka Pada Galavasana

 Flying Pigeon

I must say I am very proud of this pose, it is by no means an easy one! Eka Pada Galavasana is difficult because it is combining hip opening with arm balance. The elements of balance, strength and openness are essential. I’ve been practicing this pose on my own and seem to be getting stronger and better each time I try it (believe me, this pose is much easier to get in to when you are really warmed up, I typically attempt it after a nice hard workout or a sweaty yoga sesh!)

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I truly love yoga, it has so many great benefits, it helps you achieve balance by uniting the body and mind. I love the energy, strength and rehabilitation that yoga provides me. Prior to practicing yoga I was a ten-year gymnast and a former college runner with some back and hip problems from all of the years of constant physical exertion (and of course not knowing when to stop). After my college running career ended, my back seemed to get worse and made it very difficult to stay active. I’ve been practicing yoga on and off for more than a couple years, but  have steadily been attending Power Yoga for almost two years now. My back problems have subsided and I can get back to doing the things I love (yes, that includes flipping on the beach!)

Interested in trying out Flying Pigeon? Check out this video I found online to see how to get into it:

The step by step instructions can be very helpful for your first time. I attempted this on my right side as well and it ended with sand all over my body! But now it gives me a new goal as I try to balance this move and master it on both sides.

Did you attempt it? How did it go?

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