Eagle Pose / Garudasana
I find Eagle pose great for getting full body engagement, it also encourages me to breath fully. It make me feel as if I am in a cocoon and I’m about to burst out.
In Sanskrit: (gah-rue-DAHS-anna)
Garuda = the mythic “king of the birds,” the vehicle of Vishnu. The word is usually translated into English as “eagle,” though according to one some the name literally means “devourer,” because Garuda was originally identified with the “all-consuming fire of the sun’s rays.”
How to come into Eagle Pose:
- Standing in Tadasana with your feet together, inhale as you reach the arms up, as you exhale send the right arm under the left arm as you bend at the elbow pointing the hands up, bring the palms to touch. ( like pieces of string twisting)
- As you inhale, lift the elbows up and away from the chest opening out the shoulder blades and spreading the upper back behind you.
- Exhaling tuck your tail bone under and start to bend at the knees, placing your weight onto the left leg, bring the right leg up and over the left leg, pointing the toes towards the ground.
- To maintain balance you must squeeze you thighs together, lift the pubic bone upwards and engage your core muscles. Do not worry if the right leg dose not wrap fully around the left as this will come with time.
- Keeping the hips square to the front of the mat try to bend a little deeper into the left knee.
- Hold for 5 breathes.
- On the last exhale untwist the body and come back into Tadasana.
- Repeat on the left side.
Benefits of Eagle Pose:
- Stronger arms, legs, knees and ankles
- Open shoulder joints, creating space between the shoulder blades
- Open hips and IT band
- Increased circulation to all joints
- Improved digestion and elimination
- Improved balance
- Improved focus
For many years I have enjoyed an active lifestyle, this included rock climbing, mounting biking and windsurfing now days its all about the yoga, swimming or going to the gym, and along side all of these I take a great interest in the foods that I consume. I love to research new recipes and know how all the different whole foods that I am using are going to benefit me not only with my physical body but also my mental body. I love to share and inspire people to be come healthier be it through yoga, or adopting a cleaner whole foods eating plan.