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Garudasana (Eagle Pose)


(gah-roo-dah-sah-na)

Level:

  • Intermediate

Chakra:

 

Benefits: This pose stretches the back, shoulders, and thighs.  It helps improve your balance and coordination while strengthening your legs. 

How it's done:

  • Bring one knee high, and wrap the foot around the opposite leg, starting at the thigh.  Some people can do a double wrap, others only one.  Both are acceptable. 
  • Bring one elbow over the other arm. bring forearms together so that hands meet in prayer position. If this is not possible, hug your shoulders.
  • Once balance is achieved, bend at the knee and the hip fold.
  • Full Eagle is achieved when arms are wrapped, legs are wrapped, thigh is parallel to the ground, and you bend forward so that elbow is touching the knee. 

Tonic gives us a great demonstration of this pose

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