Fun Facts about Pelicans and Yoga

Discover Balance and Strength with the Pelican Yoga Asana

If you’re looking to add a twist to your yoga practice, consider incorporating the Pelican Pose into your routine. This intermediate balancing twist is a one-legged variation of the revolved chair pose, requiring both leg and core strength. As you gracefully navigate through this posture, you’ll not only challenge your body but also cultivate stability and focus.

How to Do Pelican Pose:

  1. Begin in Chair Pose (Utkatasana), standing with your feet hip-width apart and arms extended overhead.
  2. Press your palms together in prayer position in front of your chest, with your elbows out to the sides.
  3. Now, twist your torso to the right, bringing your left elbow to the outside of your right thigh.
  4. As you twist, engage your core and keep your chest lifted.
  5. Shift your weight onto your right foot and lift your left foot off the ground, balancing on your right leg.
  6. Find a focal point to help maintain your balance and gaze forward.
  7. Hold the pose for several breaths, feeling the twist in your torso and the strength in your standing leg.
  8. Slowly release and repeat on the opposite side.

A Fun Fact about Pelicans: Did you know that pelicans have a unique way of hunting for food? These majestic birds are often found near salty coastal waters, where they use their large, expandable throat pouches to scoop up fish. With remarkable precision and agility, pelicans dive into the water from great heights, emerging with their catch safely secured in their pouches. This fascinating hunting technique showcases the pelican’s adaptability and mastery of its salty habitat.

  • A pelican employs its pouch not only for capturing fish; but also for regulating its body temperature by gently swaying the pouch from side to side.

As you practice Pelican Pose, channel the grace and strength of these coastal birds, finding balance and stability amidst the ebb and flow of life. Embrace the challenge, trust in your abilities, and soar to new heights on your yoga journey.


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