Eka Pada Galavasana (Flying Pigeon Pose)

Welcome to Flying Pigeon Pose. This class is an intermediate practice, where you’ll work towards learning the application and fundamentals of Eka Pada Galavasana (Flying Pigeon Pose). This posture features as one of the asanas from the hand balance family. In this class, Dav will guide you through the steps to safely achieve and hold this pose, enhancing your strength and flexibility. Dav creates a supportive environment in order for you to practise at your own pace and comfort level. Have a knee pad for a practice and let’s prepare to take flight in this energetic practice!

What is Eka Pada Galavasana (Flying Pigeon Pose)?

Eka Pada Galavasana, commonly known as the Flying Pigeon Pose, is a challenging yoga pose that belongs to the arm balance family in the asana practice. This pose requires significant hip flexibility as it combines the dynamics of balancing on one’s hands while folding the other leg in the pigeon pose setup. Practitioners must place one leg over the arms while extending the opposite leg straight behind them, balancing on the hands. This pose helps improve balance, strengthens the arms and legs, and increases hip flexibility.

Benefits of Flying Pigeon Pose

Benefits Explanations
Strengthens Muscles Enhances the strength of the arms, shoulders, and muscles of the rear leg.
Improves Balance Challenges and improves your sense of balance, essential for daily activities.
Increases Flexibility Greatly improves flexibility in the hips and thighs by stretching these areas.
Enhances Focus Balancing poses requires concentration and focus, by practising poses like Flying Pigeon can help to bring a sense of serenity to the mind.
Relieves Stress and circulate the lymph The intensity of the pose can help dispel excess energy which in turn can relieve stress and helps circulate the lymph. The lymphatic system of the body is the only system which doesn’t have a pump. Movement is key to keep a healthy circulatory lymphatic system.

Join this 70-minute Flying Pigeon Pose class to work on building the foundations of this hand-balance posture. This practice can help to build strength in the necessary regions of the body in order for you to progress in your Flying Pigeon Pose practice.


1. What props are required for the class?

You will require a yoga mat and a knee pad to help cushion your knees during parts of the practice.

2. Is Flying Pigeon Pose suitable for beginners?

This pose is challenging, so it’s recommended for those who have some experience with yoga, especially in hand-balancing. A suitable amount of hip flexibility will aid your practice.

3. Can this pose help reduce anxiety?

Yes, the concentration and physical engagement required for this pose can help distract from daily stresses and aid in reducing anxiety.

4. What safety precautions should I take while practising this pose?

Always warm up thoroughly, use props if needed, and practice on a non-slip surface to prevent injuries.

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