What Is Garurasana (Eagle Pose) And What Are Its Benefits

Eagle Pose

The Steps and Benefits of Eagle pose / Garurasana

Eagle pose is originally known as Garurasana. This name comes from the Sanskrit words. Garuda means eagle and asana mean posture or seat. In Hindu mythology, Garuda is the king of the birds and it is also the vehicle for the god, Vishnu. Garuda helped humans fight against the demons and won, as per Hindu mythology.

Steps of the pose:

  • At first stand in mountain pose or tadasana. Then bend your knees and balance on the right foot.
  • Now cross your left thigh over your right leg. Fix your view at a particular point in front of you. And point your left toes towards the ground.
  • Hook the top of the left foot behind your right calf and hold it. Then balance for one breath on the right foot.
  • Now stretch your arms straight in front of your body and cross the arms in front of your chest that the right arm is on the left and bend your elbows. Then raise your forearms in a perpendicular position to the floor and wrap your arms and press your palms together. The backs of your hands should be facing each other. If possible for you, then cross your fingers together in both palms.
  • Now lift your elbows and tipping your fingers toward the ceiling. You should keep your shoulder blades pressing down your back and towards your waist.
  • Now imagine a hook is attached to your torso and that hook is attached to a rope and is pulling you slightly upwards.
  • You should square your hips and your chest to the front wall and draw your belly inward and upward.
  • You have to look at your thumbs and take breathe smoothly and evenly.
  • Finally, hold your position up to one minute. To get back to your normal position, unwind your arms and legs and return to Tadasana.  And repeat on the opposite side.
  •  To practice, all these poses you have to get into a half squat position like you are sitting on an imagery chair.

Benefits of Eagle Pose Yoga:

There are many benefits of eagle pose, some of the benefits are given below.

  • Eagle pose helps to stretch the shoulders and upper back.
  • It builds balance, calm focus, and concentration.
  • Your central nervous system will get benefit from the Eagle pose.
  • It also opens up 14 largest joints in the skeletal system. 

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Kabbyik Mitra is a Content Developer & Technical Writer, the owner of Yoga2all.com. He had started the blog pertaining to health and wellness in 2013, and previously worked for different online platforms on a freelance basis and worked for various organizations. An Indian native, Kabbyik has more than 6-year of experience in journalism and bilingual communications, including health and tech magazines, online writing, proofreading and editing for both national as well as international publications of repute. Kabbyik holds an MBA in Marketing & Financial Management from the Manipal, Sikkim University, India, where he studied as a full-timer. In addition, he is a certified science communicator and writer from Indian Science News Association, completed full-time 6-month training program on science communication and media practice. Kabbyik’s favorite book is An Inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of Nation.

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