Eka Pada RajaKapotanasana- One legged King Pigeon (variation)
When I was a little girl, I would spend hours on the pool, gleefully waiting for my fingers to prune as it somehow signaled to me I was getting closer and closer to turning into a mermaid. After watching Splash (you know ,the super kitschy 90s movie with Daryl Hannah and Tom Hanks, about a mermaid in NYC) I knew I was meant to be in the water.
Alas, after hours of Ecuadorian sun burning my skin and chlorine killing my hair I looked a lot less like this:
And a lot more like this:
Yoga has given me more than I could ever give back. It has helped me overcome fears, find my inner voice, a space within my mind and body to challenge myself physically and spirituality. It has also given me the ability to feel like a magnanimous land siren, beckoning for peace through ethereal beauty. Bam! Hell yes! Yoga can and will lift your self esteem.
I have a very special place in my heart for this asana. It’s beautiful and it is a wonderful heart opener/backbend. It opens up your hips and this specific variation, since it does not require for both hands to be holding onto the back foot, is a lot more accessible. Don’t fool yourself, mermaid pose, is still quite challenging and would need for the body to be properly warmed up. Get plenty of back bends and hip openers first before you attempt this. Remember, asana comes with ease, let the practice slowly lead you to ease into your subtle body. The physicality of yoga is visually stunning but the liberation that comes from practicing is transforming.