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Asana name: Eagle Pose

Sanskrit name: Garudasan

Meaning: Eagle Pose

General Benefits:
It strengthens the leg muscles. Increases the blood supply to and loosens the joints in the legs and arms.


Benefits for Women:


Therapeutic Applications:
Sciatica, Rheumatism, Hydrocele.


Taking the Position:
In standing position, shift the weight of the body onto the right leg and bend it slightly. Lift the left leg up bending it slightly. The body is now balanced entirely on the right leg. Cross the left leg over the right thigh and hook the top of the left foot behind the right calf. The toes of the left leg should be on the left side of the right calf. The right leg remains slightly bent. Bend both arms and raise them to chest level. Place the right arm over the left arm, and entwine the forearms, joining the palms together in front of the chest. Balance and breathe normally.


Releasing the Positions:
To release the asana, release the hands and return the arms to the side of the body. Release the left leg. Place the left foot on the ground coming back into standing position.. Practice on the other side.


Anatomical Focus:
Knees, hips, shoulders, entire spine.


Anatomical Awareness:


Do's:
Keep the upper body straight. Gaze at a fixed point in front to keep balance.


Don'ts:
Lose balance; Lift any part of the right sole off the ground.


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Step 3


Precautions & Contraindications:
People suffering from arthritis should only perform this asana under expert guidance.


Variations & Tips:
Initially, it may be difficult to wrap one leg around the other fully. Bending the right leg more will allow the left leg to be more easily wrapped around it. It may also be difficult to join the hands together in Namaskar Pose. It is ok if the palms are not touching each other totally.


Preparatory Poses:
Sankatsana


Follow-up Poses:


Position:
Standing.