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Garudasana – Eagle Pose

Garudasana, or eagle pose, is an intermediate level pose that aims to stretch your shoulders, thighs, hips, ankles, calves and upper back.

 

The garudasana pose primarily benefits the core muscles surrounding the calves and ankles.

 

However, if you have recently experienced any ankle or knee injury or inflammation you should always seek the advice of your doctor before attempting to practise this position. If possible, always arrange to learn this position under the supervision of an experienced teacher.

 

Directions for Sasangasana: 
  • Begin this exercise by standing in the Mountain pose (Tadasana)
  • Lift your left leg and place your left thigh over your right thigh. All of your weight should now be balanced on the right foot
  • Wind your left foot around the right calf and hold this position for a few seconds. Breathe deeply
  • Raise your arms in front of you so that the upper arms form a 90 degree angle with your torso. Elbows should be bend so the forearms are perpendicular to the ground
  • Wind one arm round the other and place your hands flat against each other
  • Raise your arms further upwards, reaching them above your head
  • Whilst breathing deeply, hold this pose for as many breaths as it feels comfortable to do so
  • Repeat this but balancing on the other leg

 

Preparatory Poses Include:

 

Follow-Up Poses Include:

 

Synonyms of Garudasana: None
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