How to do Eagle Pose
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What is Eagle Pose good for?
With practice, as we stay in the Garudasana pose for a few long breaths, one begins to notice the transformation within, with an infusion of energy and heightened concentration. Initially, when practicing the Garudasana pose, one might feel lacking in good balance, core and leg strength and experience discomfort or feel distracted and an immense urge to come out of the posture. But using your discipline and regular practice, accept the discomfort, block out distractions (a perfect posture to practice taking the mind inward), focus the mind and be still. Such asanas require patience and calmness to ease into the pose systematically. It also increases your sense of balance, focus and concentration. When focusing, take the mind inward and avoid distractions. This helps induce a sense of calm and stability in the mind.
Who should not do Eagle Pose?
Since it is a complex bind, if you have back, knee, ankle, elbow or shoulder pain, you should avoid this. The asana should also be avoided in the case of any bone or muscle weakness or recent injuries.
Garudasana, also called eagle posture, it's a standing balancing posture where we balance on one foot. Avoid practising this if you have severe knee and shoulder conditions, also can practice the modified version when i show you on the other side.
Let's get started. Move to the middle of the mat, knees slightly bent, start to cross your right thigh over the left. While you do that, start to squeeze your inner thighs completely. If you're balanced well, wrap your leg completely around and separating your big toe and the second toe where you can hook nicely.
Once you're stable, make sure you're not crossing your knee forward, moving your knee back, hip low and extend hands to the front right hand over your left. Once you're there, bending your elbows you can wrap around your forearms as well.
You can make a namaste or simply hold on to the wrist once you're here. Start to inhale, exhale, sink your hip a little low, elbow coming close to the knee, gaze forward. Stay here for a few breaths and then slowly coming up, release your hands first and release your legs.
Now let's do the other side, I will also show you how to modify it if you can't do this full version. So bending knees crossing your thighs, left thigh over the right. Sometimes this hooking is a little challenging. You can simply keep it free or can take the support on the floor.
Another one If you are finding it challenging to balance you can simply keep your palms here and make sure your knee is not crossing over the toes moving your knee back, hip back and stay low.
After a few breaths you come up and release your legs and hands. So that was Garudasana. It is a very good posture to work on making your legs supple as well as improves your concentration.