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Garuda-asana (Sanskrit)

Eagle Pose

by Kate Ireland

Yoga Postures Step-by-Step: Garuda-asanaYoga Anand Ashram's Yoga Postures Step-by-Step Garuda-asana The Eagle Posture Translation: The Sanskrit word garuda means eagle. In Hindu mythology Garuda is known as the king of birds. He transports the God Vishnu (shown with a bow and arrow ) and is said to be eager to help humanity fight againt deamons. Pronunciation: ga-roo-da asana Difficulty:3
Instruction: Stand with the feet together and the arms by your sides . Draw the left foot upward bending the knee and wrap the left foot around your right leg as you rest the back of your left thigh on the right thigh. Cross your arms at the elbows, left over right. Join the palms of your hands together keeping the fingers pointed upward. Inhale and hold the posture for the duration of the inhaled breath. Exhale and return to the tada-asana. Repeat the posture on the opposite side, wrapping the right leg over the left and the right arm over left. Comments: The Garuda-asana will strengthen the legs, knees and ankles. It stretches and tones muscles of the leg that grow weak from sedentary lifestyles ad can help relieve cramps of the legs. Duration/Repetitions: Hold the posture for as long as you can hold the inhaled breath. Repeat 2 or 3 times on each leg. Copyright 1997 Yoga Anand Ashram