Garudasana, Eagle Pose is one of Susan’s favorite poses.
The name Garudasana is rooted in the Sanskrit garuda, “eagle” in English. Garuda is described as “The great eagle that is Vishnu’s vehicle” by Eknath Easwaran, translator of the Bhaghavad Gita.
“Like the great bird, we can tap into our own personal sense of strength and focus, flexibility and soaring”.
Benefits of the Pose: Stretches upper back and shoulders, hips and thighs. Strengthens and stretches the calves and ankles. Improves concentration and balance.
Contraindications: Knee injury
1.Start standing feet hip distance apart, arms reaching out at shoulder height.
2.Bend both knees lift your right leg and cross it over your left wrapping your leg all the way around possibly hooking your toes around your calf. SQUEEZE your legs together .
3.Bend your elbows and cross left arm over right arm wrapping your arms trying to get the palms together.
4.Line the elbows straight in-front of the shoulders and take a deep breath
Hold for up to five rounds of breathing.
(The Bhagavad Gita,Yoga Journal, Wikipedia)