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Garudasana - Eagle Pose


The name comes from the Sanskrit words garuda meaning "eagle",and asana meaning "posture".It’s named after the mythological Hindu “king of the birds,” known as “Garuda".Garuda was also the vehicle for the Hindu god Vishnu,who would ride on his back.The word “garuda” means “eagle” in Sanskrit,but it can also be translated as “devourer”.Garuda was believed to help humans fight against demons(and win).
Benefits : Improves body balance
Stretches and soothes your shoulders, upper back and outer thighs
Stimulates coordination between the shoulder blades and prevents injury
Strengthens ankles, legs and feet.
Boosts concentration and enhances focus on important things
Creates stability on the core muscles
Instils calmness

Remember while doing this asana,try to be comfortable.Do not stretch your body beyond its capacity.
Note: Beginners and those having trouble balancing can practice this pose against a wall.Stand with your back to the wall,so the wall supports your back torso as you practice the pose.
Avoid doing this asana. Read this section carefully before you do it.
Avoid the practice of this pose if you suffer from
knee injury or joint-pain
pregnancy
obesity
headache
blood pressure problems

How to do this asana:

Start with Tadasana.Lift up your left leg,bend it a little and then try to wrap it around your right leg.Keep both your knees bent.Now,place your hands in front of your face and try doing the same with your hands.Bend your hands and wrap your left hand around your right hands.Remain steady in this position for about 8-10 seconds and then release.
Step 1: Start with Tadasana(Mountain Pose).
Step 2: Bend your knees slightly,lift your left foot up and,balancing on your right foot,cross your left thigh over the right.
Step 3: Now,place your hands in front of your face and try doing the same with your hands.Bend your hands and wrap your left hand around your right hands.The hands should be wrapped in such a way that the palms of both your hands touch each other.
Step 4: The crown of your head should be pointed toward the ceiling and look straight ahead.Imagine the spine running straight through the body.
Step 5: Remain in this pose for 30 to 60 seconds and then come back to mountain pose.Repeat for the same length of time with the arms and legs reversed.


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