The Eagle Pose: Garudasana

Yoga Asanas (Postures) are workouts for the body as well as the mind, as they not only improve fitness and stamina, but also improve concentration, alertness and memory. Different Asanas help in exercising different parts of the body. There are many postures like Gomukhasana (Cow face pose), Dhanurasana (Bow pose), Shavasana (Corpse pose), Garudasana (Eagle pose), and many others.
Eagle Pose - Garudasana

The Eagle Pose in Yoga

Garudasana or the Eagle pose in Yoga is a standing posture. It looks like a twisted stick or a flying bird. It works on multiple areas of the body, and helps in loosening and increasing flexibility of various parts.

  • You start off this Asana by standing straight, feet together and hands left loose and relaxed by the side of the body.
  • Focus your eyes on a point straight in front of you. This will help you keep your balance.
  • Slowly, lift your right leg and curl it around your left leg. The left leg can be bent a bit at the knees at the beginning but you should try to keep it straight as you practice.
  • Once you can balance in this position, bring both your arms in front of you. Slowly curl your right arm around the left in a way that the palms are in front of your face and touch each other.
  • Once you are confident enough about balancing in this pose, try to touch or hold your nose with the thumbs of your hands.
  • Hold this position for about ten counts. There are no specification for breathing, it just remains normal throughout.
  • Slowly, release the arms and then the legs and return to the starting position.
  • Repeat the same steps with the other leg and arm.
  • You can take the support of a wall if you fear losing balance while practicing this posture. You can eventually do away with the support.

Benefits of Eagle Pose in Yoga

  • Strengthens and tones the legs, especially the calves and ankles
  • Stretches and loosens the upper body, especially the arms, back and shoulders
  • Stretches and loosens the hips and legs
  • Helps improve concentration
  • Improves balance and body co-ordination

Those with injuries of the knee should avoid this posture as it might put excessive pressure on the knees making their condition worse. Individual who are overweight or are in the later stages of pregnancy should also avoid this posture. Those with health problems like low blood pressure, headaches and vertigo should also avoid this Asana as they might find it difficult to balance chance injuring themselves in the process.

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