Eagle Pose (Garudasana) is a standing balance pose that helps you work on your focus, strength and mental calmness. You’re supposed to only use your breathing and eyesight to maintain a stable pose by releasing mental stress and focusing on spiritual guidance.
The word ‘Garunda’ derives from the Hindu mythological creature which means ‘King of Birds’. This was also a vehicle for the Hindu god Vishnu who rode it into battle and fought against demons and won every time.
- Begin balancing yourself on your left leg while slightly bending it.
- Fully wrap your right leg around your left leg and place your right foot at the back of your left legs calf.
- Maintain a crouching position in this pose
- Extend both your arms straight in front of your body.
- Place your left arm under your right
- Raise your forearms and bend your elbows by wrapping your arms and hands by pressing your palms together. Keep both your arms in a perpendicular position.
- Keep this pose for one minute by focusing on your breath and gaze.
Do not try to execute the Garudasana if ever you’ve experienced a serious knee injury or a recent one. Pregnant women should also avoid trying to practice this pose and if you experience any physical difficulty while trying to execute this pose then try it against a wall.