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Eagle Pose or Garudasana is named after the bird ‘Eagle’ known as Garuda in Sanskrit. Garudasana is said to be the only pose that opens up the 14 largest joints in the skeletal system.
Eagle Pose strengthens the muscles of the legs and knees and is considered to be a good pose for football players who are the most prone to knee injuries.
The Eagle Pose loosens the joints of the legs and strengthens the calf muscles, knees and ankles. It also stretches the outer thighs, hips, shoulders and upper back. This pose opens up the back of the pelvis and also creates a space between the shoulder blades. Eagle Pose increases blood circulation to all joints.
Garudasana is a great pose for the central nervous system as it improves focus and concentration and enhances the sense of balance of the body. It alleviates sciatica and rheumatism pain and has therapeutic effects on asthma and low backache patients. Eagle Pose improves digestion and elimination process of the body and also strengthens the immune system. This pose clears up reproductive problems as it supplies fresh blood to the reproductive system.
What you need: Room with fresh air (if you’re doing it inside, otherwise do it in open area), and you.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Initial Position: Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
Drishti or Gaze: Forward
Beginners might find it difficult to balance their body with the curled legs and arms. They should try to squeeze and curl the limbs together tightly. The more they are able to curl themselves up, the easier they will find it to balance themselves.