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How to Fly a Pigeon

Flying pigeon, also known as Eka Pada Galvasana, is an advanced Yoga pose and one of the most visually elegant and mindfully courageous postures in the practice. It requires fully open hips, core and arm strength, balance and a great amount of willpower.

The practice of Yoga allows one to overcome the limitations that they have unconsciously set inside their minds. Seeing a Flying Pigeon Pose from an experienced Yoga teacher may seem easy, but this pose is a combination of awareness, both of the body and mind, and patience.

Be Free! Fly High!

Eka Padda Galvasana strengthens the arms, wrists, and shoulders. It also tones abdominal muscles and improves core strength. Flying Pigeon Pose also increases hip’s range of motion, improves balance and kick metabolism up.

Flying Pigeon may seem intimidating, and if practiced without proper approach, frustration will surely slow your progress. Remember that all the barriers that could stop your growth solely exist inside your head. Set your intention with a good heart and an open mind, surely anything will be reachable. Here are some Yoga poses that will effectively help familiarize your body with the technique while strengthening the muscles that will be directly activated during the pose. Also make sure to wear comfortable leggings while doing this pose.

Reclining Thread-the-Needle/ Supta Kapotasana. Flying Pigeon requires deep hip opening and this pose is the best way to warm up the hips before the full posture.


  1. Start by lying on your back, then extend both legs up.
  2. Flex your feet to protect your knees from any injury.
  3. Bend your right knee and place your right ankle on your left knee, externally rotating your hip.
  4. Then draw your left knee closer to your chest by bending it and interlacing your fingers behind your left thigh.
  5. Place a yoga strap behind your left thigh if your left knee can’t bend deeper.
  6. Make sure that your shoulders are not caving in.
  7. Hold this pose for 3-5 breaths and do the same technique on the other leg.

Crow Pose/ Bakasana. This arm balance is the basic foundation of all other arm balances. Mastering this basic asana will open the door to more advanced postures. This strengthens the arms, wrists, shoulders, and core. It also helps muscle memory remember your balance point.


  1. Start in seated squat position with your hands in prayer.
  2. Place them on the ground, round your back and take a deep breath in.
  3. Exhale as you slide your hands closer to your torso and lift your hips up.
  4. Take one foot off the floor, then the other.
  5. Push away from the ground to activate shoulders and your core.
  6. Hold this arm balance for 3-5 deep breaths and slowly bring your feet back to the ground to release.

Full Posture: Flying Pigeon/ Eka Pada Galvasana. The full posture is basically a combination of the first two preparatory poses. It strengthens the arms, wrists, shoulders, and core. This pose also increases hip mobility and balance.


  1. Begin by standing in Tadasana or Mountain Pose.
  2. Then place your left ankle above your right knee while keeping your hands in prayer.
  3. Breathe in and then exhale while you send your hips back to a One-Legged Chair Pose.
  4. You could also sit all the way down and rest on your right foot.
  5. Plant your hands on the ground and hook your left ankle to your right triceps while your right knee rests on your right elbow.
  6. Slowly shift your weight forward and lift your right foot off the ground.
  7. Extend your right leg up and behind while you balance with awareness.
  8. Hold this posture for 3-5 breaths and do the same technique on the other leg.

To avoid hurting yourself, do not rush into full posture. Always listen to your body and do not force any movement. Avoid doing arm balances if you are suffering from any wrist or shoulder injury. Be patient with yourself and always approach challenging paths with faith and composure. And most importantly, have fun!


Types of Yoga: Ashtanga, Mantra, Bikram, and More

There are many types of yoga and it can be confusing to figure out which version you should follow. Well, having a brief but concise background knowledge about the famous types of yoga can be beneficial for you to come up with the best and most suitable version or “school” of yoga for you.

Ashtang Yoga

Also known as “astanga”, Ashtang Yoga was established by Sri K. Patabhi Jois. In an overall sense, Ashtang method includes tough physical demand as it requires progressive, synchronized breathing with frequent yet systematic changes in postures and positions. The result? A very powerful heat combined with sweat that is believed to be toxins that come from muscle and internal organ detoxification. During and after this method, users report that they have more stamina, a stronger body and a better blood circulation. But, hold your horses. If you are a beginner in yoga, it may not be suitable for you since it is described by many as an “athletic” type.

Mantra Yoga

Mantra is defined as a word that is sacred and is believed to uplift the physical, mental, and spiritual levels of a person. In mantra yoga, mantras are chanted in the belief that doing so causes the formation of positive vibrations, which then bring the person closer to the power of divinity inside of him. It aims to unite the body, mind, and the spirit through repeating mantras throughout the exercise program. This type, therefore, mainly utilizes meditation through chanting of mantras.

Bikram Yoga

From the improvement of muscular strength to a significant weight loss, Bikram yoga is a comprehensive fitness workout that aims to enhance the muscular system as well as the cardiovascular system. Founded by Bikram Choudhury, this system makes use of the 95-104-degree temperature, an intense heated environment for a faster and more efficient way of body detoxification.

Hatha Yoga

One of the most basic forms of yoga, Hatha yoga includes performing foundational yoga poses and styles. Regulated breathing or “pranayama” is accompanied by postures or “asanas,” as well as meditation or “Dharana & Dhyana,” It is a basic but complete system that delivers the user to the brink of self-actualization.

Iyengar Yoga

About 60 years ago, B.K.S. Iyengar, a well-acclaimed yoga master created the Iyengar yoga. This type improves the flexibility, balance, strength, and endurance of the person by way of yoga poses and synchronized breathing patterns. It is also known as a slow-paced version which is suitable for elderly, disabled and/or sick people.

Kundalini Yoga

One of the traditional types, Kundalini, makes use of a combination of chanting, synchronized breathing, and meditation to awaken the energy that is believed to come from the base of the spine. The aim of this method is to draw the energy towards the upper part of the body.

Vinyasa Yoga

Vinyasa yoga includes the synchronization of breathing and movement in a fast-paced manner of execution. Unlike other types of yoga, breathing is more emphasized in Vinyasa yoga. Another notable feature of this type of yoga is the achievement of a balanced movement through a counter pose.


Introducing Social Media to Your Yoga Practice—Pros and Cons

The world around us is constantly growing and living in an ever-changing environment requires adaptability. Embracing change and letting go of stubborn routines is essential to yoga philosophy, and it is beneficial to your mind, body, and spirit.

One of the most pervasive forces affecting our lives, is the eruption of technological advancement. Technology can provide wonderful benefits and joys to our lives, but it can also disrupt certain harmonies. Social media, for example, can provide a plethora of benefits if used correctly. However, it can also provide potential harms to your yoga practice. Read on to discover how Instagram, Facebook, and meditation apps can harbor both pros and cons when integrated into your yoga practice.

Following Yoga Aficionados on YouTube and Instagram

Pro: Can provide visual instruction of how to properly execute poses as well as provide inspiration to set goals.

Con: Can stimulate self-doubt and envy.

Are you following people who provide inspiration to your practice? Or is this fostering self-doubt and loathing? Watching talented individuals execute advanced flow sequences and hold poses for impressive bouts of time can be entertaining to watch and informational. If your reaction to seeing these videos is genuine awe, then social media can be a convenient channel to better understand, study, and interact with the depth of yoga. However, if you begin to compare yourself with those you follow online, watching yoga videos can quickly become a feeling of envy for another person’s abilities, or self-loathing concerning your own limitations. This is, of course, unhealthy and can undermine the true nature of yogic philosophy.

Discovering New Yoga Products Online

Pro: Convenient way to find apparel and/or props that can better assist you in your practice.

Con: Can fall subject to marketing that influences you to be a compulsive consumer.

Finding out about the latest yoga apparel online can be of interest to individuals who may not otherwise seek out a product they need. Also, it can often lead you to coupons and discounts for particular products that are not available at retail stores. However, it is important to ask yourself how social media is influencing your consumer decisions. If you feel irrationally pressured to buy a particular product or if you develop an obsessive need for a product rather than a desire, then it might be time to stop scrolling and focus back on the goals of your practice.

Meditation Apps

Pro: Can provide a daily source for meditation.

Con: Can become a chore itself and distract from meditation.

Daily meditation apps can be a fantastic go-to source for focusing mediation. The danger appears when the app begins to feel like another chore you need to squeeze into your day, rather than a positive suggestion for meditation. If the app feels like a chore, it has the possibility of creating a negative association with meditation itself, which can hinder your personal yoga development.

When approached with mindfulness, social media can be a beneficial tool to assist in the growth of your yoga journey.


Finding The Right Yoga Studio

Getting the Best Yoga Studio

The most important thing when joining yoga classes is your comfort. The connection that you get from your environment is an important factor if yoga is to be of benefit to you. There are many yoga studios that you can choose from but what are the main factors that you should consider for your own benefit? Ensure that you consider the most important features.

Visit the Yoga Studio Personally

People are different and what someone may have liked about a certain studio may not be appealing to you. You may realize that a studio is better than what you thought, the teachers are more dedicated than the reviews indicated and the studio is strategically located. When you are there personally, you will be able to make a more informed decision. You should not visit only one studio. It is advisable you visit a few of them for more options.

Get Referrals and Research Online

Referrals are a great source of information. You probably know someone who practices or has practiced yoga before. It could be your workmates, a friend or a relative. Ask them if they can refer you to a good studio. Another way you can find a good studio is through the Internet. If you would like to learn more about yoga studios or any information about yoga, the internet is a great source for all your needs.

Why do You Want to Practice Yoga?

Why do you want to practice yoga? Ask yourself this question. There are many reasons people practice yoga. Some take pre-natal yoga while others engage in therapeutic yoga. When you are aware of your goals and what keeps you motivated, you will find the most appropriate yoga studio. One of the things that you should know is that you need to join the most appropriate yoga classes and for the right reasons. If you have no idea what your goals are or what motivates you, consult an expert or join classes for beginners. 

Make a List of the Studios and Shortlist Them

If there are some specific features that you need in a yoga studio and you happen to find some with them, make a list of these studios. If you are confused about which one to pick, you should consider all the other features that make each standout. Check the availability, the prices, the type of classes they offer, how accessible they are and their record. You will narrow down on the most suitable.

You can find the yoga studio that you most desire when you carry out thorough research. Checking out the classes offered, how affordable the rates are, the location and asking the right people can assist you with this. Visiting the studio personally and doing a proper background check will help you settle for the most appropriate. You should not settle for less as your comfort matters most.