Muscles in Eka Pada Galavasana (Flying Pigeon pose)

Flying pigeon pose is one of those poses that look intimidating at first, but really isn’t once you give it a go and get a feel of the weight distribution. The following are the prime mover muscles (agonists) which are engaged in the pose.
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1. Deltoids – Adduction of the shoulder joints required to push off the floor
2. Biceps brachii – To draw the upper body close to the abdominal region
3. Triceps brachii – To stabilise the upper arms and shoulders
4. Serratus Anterior – Abduction of scapulae to round the upper back
5. Trapezius – Depression of scapulae
6. Forearm flexors – to push away from the floor
7. Forearm muscles (brachio radialis and forearm extensors) – to lift off the floor
8. Pectoralis major – To round the body
9. Rectus abdominus – Rounding the back (flexion in the spine)
10. Piriformis and quadratus femoris – external rotation of the bent leg
11. Iliopsoas and rectus femoris – Extension of hip for the extended back leg
12. Gluteus maximus, medius and minimus – to lift the back leg
13. Hamstrings – extension of back leg
14. Tensor fascia lata – for the bent leg to push against the arms
(200 YTT Vinyasa Flow)