Garudasana (Eagle Yoga Pose), named after the eagle as the posture represents the bird. To perform the pose, bend your knees and lift your left foot up to cross it over the right one. Ensure that right foot is firmly placed on the floor and the left thigh is over the right thigh. Your left foot’s toes should be pointing downwards. Bring your arms forwards while keeping them parallel to the floor. Cross the right arm over the left one and bend your elbows so that your arms are now perpendicular to the floor. Ensure that the back of your hands are facing each other.
Slowly, turn the hands so that the palms face each other. Pressing the palms together, stretch the fingers upwards. Keeping your gaze focused at one place, stay in this pose for a couple of breaths. Slowly release the hands and bring them to the side of your body. Raise your left leg and place it back on the floor and slowly come back into the rest position.
Garudasana has many benefits. It strengthens the hips, thighs, shoulders, calves, and upper back. It improves balance and helps alleviate sciatica and rheumatism.
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