Yoga opens your soul and helps in bringing peace to your life. It helps in increasing the inner core strength, balancing posture and enhancing the overall strength and endurance. The eagle pose is called Garudasana in Sanskrit which helps you build flexibility, strength and increase concentration.
It is a beginner’s yoga pose that requires you to stand twisted like a knot both on the hands and legs. As you slowly break free from the twist, it is like breaking free from the knots in your body and mind.
How to Perform the Pose
The eagle pose posture takes some time of practice to master and gain the balance. Wear a comfortable yoga Capri leggings while performing the pose.
Here is how to perform the pose step by step:
- Start by slightly bending your knees followed by lifting your left foot up.
- The balance on the right foot and cross the left thigh over the right thigh.
- Fix the top of the left foot behind the right calf while pointing the toe towards the floor.
- Stretch your arms forward parallel to the floor and cross the left elbow over the right in a knot like a twist.
- Intertwine the hands so that both the palms touch each other.
- Keep your back straight and gaze fixed to the front.
- After pressing the palm together, lift the elbows up and stretch the fingers.
- As you hold the position for 15 – 20 second, draw your belly in and tighten it.
- Breathe slowly in and out.
- Gently release your arms and legs and return to original position.
- It boosts your immune system by constricting the blood flow for a while and releasing it.
- It stimulates blood circulation which triggers a good immune response.
- It helps in better body balance and encourages better focus and concentration.
- It strengthens inner thighs and ankles.
- It gets rid of pain and releases the strain and tension.
- It reduces rheumatic pain.
- It is a stress buster that helps in easing back, hips and back plus making the body more flexible.
Mistakes and Contradictions
It is important to perform the asana slowly step by step so that you don’t injure or strain yourself. It is advised to not perform the yoga pose if you are suffering from an ankle, knee or elbow injury. It is not recommended for pregnant women and, hence, medical consent needs to be taken before performing the pose.
Best Way to Perform Perfectly
The best time to perform it is in the morning on an empty stomach. Always make sure that you have a gap of around 9 to 10 hours after meals to perform the pose. Evening time is also good but a clean bowel makes it more effective. Initially, it might be difficult to tangle the legs and arms perfectly. Stretch the hands and try wrapping the hands slowly. Start latching the foot behind the calf slowly until you are able to lock it. Do not stress and force the pose as it might lead to strain.