I vividly remember the first time I saw a picture of One-Legged King Pigeon Pose in its full expression. My mind could not comprehend how in the world someone could do that! So I (of course) jumped on my yoga mat and gave an immediate go at it. But I quickly discovered my body could not comprehend the pose either.
I am not a naturally bendy person and it has taken me years to find progression in my back bending practice. So I told myself OLKP Pose was way out of reach.
But I was wrong.
This posture is not ALL about being bendy. In fact, I found my backbend wasn't the main focus of this pose! So I began incorporating poses into my practice to help open my hips, quads, shoulders and thoracic spine to help my journey toward OLKP Pose. And it worked!
The first time I flipped my grip was with the aid of a yoga strap and my shoulders were freaking out with this foreign movement. But my body still felt great so I continued to practice. And with persistence and patience I made my way to the full expression of OLKP Pose without the use of a strap. I was shocked!
Progression is a great motivator for me so I kept practicing the same sequence that led me to this breakthrough.
If you are interested in trying this sequence in your own practice, check it out here.
My yoga practice constantly amazes, and teaches me and I am so grateful for my journey. I once thought my body would not be capable of OLKP Pose, but man was it amazing to prove myself wrong.