Note: Consult a doctor before beginning any exercise regime
Pose type: Stretch and Balance
Name: Eagle Pose or Garudasana
This is a great pose for your kidneys and increasing balance
This posture helps open and activate, your third eye (Ajna) chakra, Heart (Anahata), and Solar Plexus (Manipura), Sacral (Swadisthana), and Root (Muladhara) Chakras.
Strengthens the ankles and calves
Stretches the thighs, hips, shoulders, and upper back
Increases sense of balance
Please consult with your physician and experience yoga teacher before attempting this if you have experience knee, ankle or shoulder injuries. Practice this with care and move slowly with control and listen to your body.
Also, avoid if you suffer from Obesity, frequent headaches, high or low blood pressure or asthma
To Access this Pose:
1. Start in Mountain Pose, bending the knees slightly.
2. Lift your left foot up and balance on your right foot. Cross your left thigh over the right and point your left toes towards the floor, press the foot back, and then hook the top foot behind the lower right calf
Note: If you have knee issues you can keep a slight bend in your base leg.
3. Stretch your arms straight forward, parallel to the floor, and cross the arms in front of your torso, so the right arm is above the left, then bend your elbows.
Note: You can have a few options in this pose: 1) bring the elbows firmly towards the belly, 2) move the triceps parallel to the floor, 3) straight your back and stack your shoulders over the hips and more.
4. Try to hold this pose for 15-30 seconds. Slowly come out and repeat with the other leg and arm.
All Level Tips
Beginner: Trying to find balance while wrapping yourself up in this pose can feel tricky at first. Try to do the arms or legs by itself first before doing them both.
Intermediate: Try working on getting the entire palms of the hands flat together and bring the lifted foot behind the calf.
Advanced: Trying adding a revolve twist and get your elbow to come towards the lifted knee or transitioning into a side crow with just eagle legs.
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About the Author:
Kenya Marsh is the founder of SimplyFitandCurvyYoga and Author of several books including Yoga for Beginners: A Great Way to Start. As a wife, stay-at-home mom of two, and yoga teacher. Kenya knows how challenging and beneficial a steady yoga practice can be. She understands it can be hard to start a new yoga journey alone. She created this website, along with courses, books, and more materials to help provide support to busy yogis elevate their yoga practice.