I was an eagle

Garudasana (yogajournal.com)

Since Laura Marling’s album “Once I was an eagle” refuses to leave my head (not a bad thing)…let’s talk eagle pose (garudasana).

How does eagle pose reflect its namesake? It takes some focus to remain standing on one leg while your entire body is tied up in knots. As you twist one leg around the other, your bent standing leg ends up placing you in a little perched seat that can actually feel quite stable despite the fact that everything is off kilter, and to me, your twisted up arms in front of your face feel quite like wings.

To remember in this pose:

-lengthen the spine, keep your hips level and even

-keep the integrity in your stomach and low spine to stabilize you

-lift the arms so your triceps are parallel to the floor. If this is too much pressure on your shoulders, or you feel like you’re jamming your shoulders towards your ears, just give yourself a hug instead.

Eagle is a delicate balance, requiring strength and focus, but there is ease in the pose your body can find comfort in it.

Good counter poses: uttanasana (standing forward bend), trikonasana (triangle pose), or parsva konasana (extended angle pose).

More eagle pose info:

Yoga Journal

Stories about Garuda

 


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