Garudasana (Eagle Pose): Steps and Benefits - Modasta

Saturday, June 30 2018

Garudasana (Eagle Pose): Steps and Benefits - Modasta

Garuda , in Sanskrit, means eagle, the king of all birds. According to Hindu mythology, the Garuda is the mount of Lord Vishnu. In this pose – we imitate the pose of an eagle by entwining our legs. It is a standing pose that requires a lot of focus.
How to perform the Garudasana:
Begin by standing up with the feet parallel to each other. Bend both your arms at the elbow to form a 90-degree angle so that the upper arms are parallel to the floor. Move the right arm to the left side as far as you can and move the left arm to the right. The right elbow should come over the left elbow. Entwine your arms in a way that the palms press together, with the thumbs facing your head, and the fingers stretched out upwards. Lift up the elbows to shoulder level and gently extend it away from your torso, all the while keeping your fingers in line with the elbows. Lift your right leg from the front and wrap it around your left leg. Balance steadily on your left leg and place the right foot on the lower left leg. Hook the foot over the left ankle or calf. The toes of your right foot should be pointing downwards. Keep your gaze fixed straight ahead. Stay in this pose for about four to seven breaths. Slowly unwrap the right leg. Unwrap the arms and come back to the initial starting position. Repeat with the left hand over the right hand and the left leg wrapped around the right leg. Benefits of Garudasana
This pose strengthens the ankles and relieves calf cramps. It improves circulation and tones the waist and leg muscles. The deep lock of the arms relieves shoulder stiffness and stretches the rhomboids (the muscles located between the shoulder blades). It improves balance. It is great for improving posture. It calms the mind and increases concentration. Caution:
If you have had any recent injury, particularly in the ankle, knee or elbow, it is best to wait till you’re fully recovered to practice this pose. Pregnant women must ask their doctor before practising this or any other yoga pose. Additional Tips
For best results, practice this poses two hours before and after a meal. Practice the pose once a day and for at least 15 min. If your palms do not touch, keep one palm resting against the other wrist or forearm. Beginners might first find it hard to latch the raised foot behind the standing leg’s calf. An alternate solution, for the time being, can be to press the big toe of the raised leg instead of the whole foot. It helps maintain balance. Tags: Garudasana (Eagle Pose) yoga Consult a top Yoga & Naturopathist
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