Eagle pose, also popularly known as Garudasana (in Sanskrit) is a balancing yoga pose. In Sanskrit, Garuda means Eagle and Asana means pose. It is named after the mythological creature Garuda (the king of the birds) and Lord Vishnu’s vehicle.
It is a Standing yoga pose that focuses on your balance and concentration. It is not very easy to do but you can do the preparatory poses given below to do it perfectly in less time.
Your body needs to be flexible for the eagle pose. Eagle pose calms your mind and develops serenity, focus and concentration.
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Benefits of Eagle Pose
There are many health benefits of Eagle pose. The benefits of Eagle Pose are:
- Stretches the ankles, hips, shoulders, calves and upper back
- Improves your body balance
- Strengthens your calves, thighs, and ankles
- Builds your sense of balance
- Stretches your upper back
- Therapeutic for Sciatica& Asthma
- Improves your focus and calmness
- Stimulates the immune system
- Relives lower back pain
- Increases your breathing capacity as it opens your back lungs
Steps of Eagle Pose
- Stand straight in Tadasanayoga pose and keep your arms at sides.
- Now bend your knees, then balance on your Right foot and cross your left thigh over another(right thigh).
- Try not to fall and keep balance, keep your gaze at one specific point at your front.
- Then extend your arms in front, then sweep your right arm under your left, cross at the elbows, and connect the palms if possible.
- Hold this position for 10-15 seconds.
Some people like to do it the other way. First, they stand straight, then Sweep their arms, and cross the legs and bend their knees. You can practice it this way too, however, you’re comfortable.
Precautions to take while doing Eagle Pose
Keep these things in mind while and before practicing the eagle pose.
- People with a knee injury should avoid practicing eagle pose.
- You can practice it against a wall to prevent from falling.
- Do not practice eagle pose if you’re more than 2 months pregnant.
- The people who cannot balance easily should keep care.
- Those who have low blood pressure should not practice eagle pose.
- People suffering from Plantar fasciitis SHOULD NOT do eagle pose at all.
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Preparatory poses for Eagle pose
In order to do Eagle pose perfectly, you should practice the following yoga poses. The preparatory poses for eagle pose are:
- Gomukhasana (Cow Face Pose)
- Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose)
- Vriksasana (Tree Pose)
- Upavistha Konasana (Wide-angle seated forward bend)
- Virasana (Hero Pose)
- Supta Virasana (Reclining hero Pose)
Follow-up poses for Eagle pose
The follow-up poses for Eagle Pose are:
Variations of Eagle pose
There is only one pose which is considered as a variation of Eagle Pose. The variation of Eagle pose is Horse Pose (Vatayasana). Another, you can also use a yoga block for keeping the other leg on it.
I hope this blog was helpful to you and you got everything you needed to know about Eagle pose (Garudasana).
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