Well, some yoga poses just seem to stand out above the rest!
Mermaid Pose may very well be the rock star of all yoga postures. It's hard not to stumble across photos of this pose as you cruise through Instagram and many other social media platforms. There's no doubt that this pose is a favorite among yogis, especially the ladies! After all, most girls dream of finding their inner mermaid!
This pose is beautiful and graceful in photos, but don't be fooled by the pretty pictures. Mermaid is an advanced posture that offers intense challenges and may never be truly attained by every yogi who gives it the old college try!
Mermaid is an advanced variation of Pigeon Pose, and when we say Pigeon Pose, we're not referring to Kapotasana Pose. It's also an advanced prep posture for One Legged King Pigeon. As a variation of another posture, there's no true Sanskrit name for the pose, but we have provided Sanskrit translation for its close cousin, One Legged King Pigeon.
The Sanskrit name or translation is Eka Pada Rajakapotasana. The breakdown for the Sanskrit name is as follows, "Eka" meaning "One", "Pada" meaning "Foot or Leg", "Raja" meaning "King", "Kapota" meaning "Pigeon", and "Asana" meaning "Posture or Pose". It's worth mentioning that Kapotasana Pose is an entirely different pose than Rajakapotasana.
If you're ready to add Mermaid Pose to your practice, get ready for a posture that will test your hip flexibility, spine flexibility, focus and balance. However, there are plenty of benefits and pleasures along the way.