Garudasana Posture

The word “garuda” is derived from a Sanskrit word meaning “eagle” and “asana” meaning “posture” or “seat”. It is generally called as “eagle pose” in English.

Steps To Be Followed:

  • Stand straight with your legs together.
  • Bend your both knees and cross your left over your right such that your left thigh is over the right thigh.
  • Press your right foot firmly on the floor and toes of your left foot should be pointing downwards.
  • Now stretch your hands in front of your chest such that they are parallel to the floor.
  • Bend your elbows and cross your forearms joining your palms.
  • Stay in this posture for 7-10 breaths (each breath must be 6-8 seconds).
  • Now slowly release your hands place them beside your body.
  • Release your left leg, straighten your legs and relax.
  • Repeat it with the right leg crossed over the left.

Benefits:

  • It helps in stretching the thighs, hips, upper back, shoulders.
  • It helps in improving balance.
  • It helps in strengthening the calves.
  • It helps in relieving sciatica and rheumatism.
  • It helps in improving the flexibility.

Contra-Indications:

Knee, ankle or elbow injury, acute knee pain, tennis elbow.

Disclaimer:- Please practice under the supervision of Yoga Teacher/ Yoga expert