On this dreary Thursday lets talk about flying like a Eagle. I am sitting here this morning listening to Hey Jude by the Beatles, my dog is walking around causing trouble, and I’m typing. This is another great balance challenge but also incredibly difficult if your hips and shoulders are tight. This is the first pose we have learned about in this series that is named after an animal. If you can see the Eagle here please let me know. 🙂 I love this pose because of the challenge it creates. When I first started taking yoga classes many years ago now, this was something I could not do right away. I couldn’t wrap my leg around to the opposite leg. Even now some days are harder then others if I ran too much or have been lazy. We all have those days/weeks/months 🙂 Practice this pose daily to keep those hips and shoulders working.
Pose for the day: Garudasana-Eagle Pose- stand in Tadasana and plant your left foot firmly into the floor. Bend at the knee and wrap your right leg across the left knee and bring your right foot to the inside of the left ankle. Be patient as the first few times you try this the right leg may only cross over the left and may not bend all the way around. Now for your arms, right leg is on top so the left arm is going to be on top. Always opposite leg to arm. Bring the arms in front of you and cross the arms having left on top and bend at the elbows. Then bring the fingers of the right hand to the palm of the left hand. Length the arms up and out. Stay here for a few breaths. If the arms are too much you may release them. After 20-30 seconds slowly come out of the pose and repeat on the other side. Keep in mind that one side is always a little different then the other.
What this pose works: trapezius, infraspinatus, teres minor, teres major, latissimus dorsi, gluteus medius, serratus anterior, adductor magnus, pronator quadratus, pronator teres, quadratus lumborum, tensor fasciae latae, and serratus anterior