Garudasana is a pose named after the Hindu "king of the birds". The word garud meaning eagle in Sanskrit. Eagle Pose is a standing pose that requires balance. This pose helps you develop focus, strength and a strong sense of calm. Eagle requires that you utilize the breath and focused attention to release all distractions for the ability to stay stable and hold yourself in this position.
Eagle Pose Benefits:
- Stretches shoulders and upper back
- Strengthens hips, thighs, calves, and ankles
- Therapeutic for back pain especially sciatica
- This pose opens the back opening the lungs
- Because this is a balancing pose it helps strengthen the knees
*(do not attempt this pose with a knee injury)*
Follow this link for a quick and easy video tutorial by Howcast on Eagle Pose:
Work on getting the proper alignment, then... work to hold the pose for extended periods. There are many variations and modifications out there to start this pose exactly where your body is now!
I try extended periods of Eagle Pose after a warm-up of sun salutations and perhaps a short period of meditation so I am fully focused. I am currently holding eagle in a modified position and working my way into the full position. As weeks go by my balance in this pose has improved and my positioning is becoming more fluid. Think about using a good sticky mat for this pose with some cushioning.
Enjoy getting to know Garudasana!
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Written by Soorya Kirti Kaur
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