Garudasana // Eagle Pose
Getting into the pose:
To enter Eagle pose begin in Tadasana (Mountain Pose) and bend the knees as if coming into chair pose. Then root down through the left foot and slowly pick up the right foot and cross it over the left at the knee, if it is available, hook the ankle around the foot behind the calf. Sit deeply into this posture, but make sure the chest remains lifted and the pelvis lengthens down. Bring the arms out to the side and then slowly bring the left hand under the right crossing at the elbows. The palms can connect either with the back of the hands touching or with the palms connecting.
Common Errors in the pose:
Not engaging the lower core and allowing the bum to stick out. Not sitting deep enough into this posture and allowing the chest to collapse into the legs.
Benefits of the pose:
- Builds strength in the legs.
- Creates the space in the upper back and shoulder girdle.
- Builds focus and concentration
- This posture is great for detoxification since the compression of the knee and elbow joints brings fresh blood to these areas when the posture is released.
Transitions well into:
Tree Pose, Warrior III