Pose of the Month: Eagle Pose (Garudasana)

Author: Jackieb / Date: 22-01-2015 / Tag: Eagle Pose, Full Circle Yoga, Longmont CO, Garudasana, Jackie Boeheim /

When you’re feeling inflexible, inviting your body into Eagle Pose will aide in loosening those tight joints. Your back will broaden, shoulders will open and your inner balance will greatly progress. This pose encourages and initiates strength in your ankles, knees and legs.

An Eagle is known to be the King of birds; the animal is unforgettable and powerful, how you will feel while emulating this majesty.  Unroll your mat and honor yourself by practicing Garudasana, you are the King of your body; you are your own majesty.

 

Eagle Pose Instructions:

  1. Beginning in Mountain Pose, marry your energy to your breath.
  2. Let’s start by creating Eagle arms, wrap your left arm under your right and press your palms together.
  3. Bend at the knees and balance on your right foot while crossing your left thigh over your right. Work towards tucking your foot into the right calf.
  4. Lift your elbows and press your hands away from your face, creating an opening sensation in your shoulders.
  5. Your hips and shoulders are facing the front wall and lift your chest to create length in your back.
  6. Focus your gaze and hold for 5 breaths.
  7. Slowly release the legs, followed by the arms and shake it out. Repeat the opposite side.

 

This challenging pose offers many benefits from our shoulders to our calves. It’s working multiple muscles while offering deep stretches and mental strength.  And remember that it’s a yoga practice, not a yoga perfect. Namaste!

Image Credit: Etsy Shop Yoga Art

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