Garudasana (Eagle Pose)
The name comes from the Sanskrit words garuda meaning “eagle”, and asana (आसन) meaning “posture” or “seat”
In Hindu mythology Garuda is known as the king of birds. He transports the God Vishnu and is eager to help humanity fight against demons. The word is usually rendered into English as “eagle,” though according to one dictionary the name literally means “devourer,” because Garuda was originally identified with the “all-consuming fire of the sun’s rays”
Garuda = eagle, the name of Vishnu’s vehicle.
In most, if not all, the other poses here, the shoulder blades are connecting into the back in some form or the other. This is the one variation in which the shoulder blades are broadening away from the spine (protracting). This is an important range of motion to develop, as it will loosen up the rhomboids and muscles of the upper back.
Practice of Garudasana
- Stand in Tadasana. Bend your knees slightly, lift your left foot up and, balancing on your right foot, cross your left thigh over the right. Point your left toes toward the floor, press the foot back, and then hook the top of the foot behind the lower right calf. Balance on the right foot.
- Stretch your arms straight forward, parallel to the floor, and spread your scapulas wide across the back of your torso. Cross the arms in front of your torso so that the right arm is above the left, then bend your elbows. Snug the right elbow into the crook of the left, and raise the forearms perpendicular to the floor. The backs of your hands should be facing each other.
- Press the right hand to the right and the left hand to the left, so that the palms are now facing each other. The thumb of the right hand should pass in front of the little finger of the left. Now press the palms together (as much as is possible for you), lift your elbows up, and stretch the fingers toward the ceiling.
- Stay for 15 to 30 seconds, then unwind the legs and arms and stand in Tadasana again. Repeat for the same length of time with the arms and legs reversed.
Benefits Garudasana (Eagle Pose)
- Strengthens and stretches the ankles and calves
- Stretches the thighs, hips, shoulders, and upper back
- Improves concentration
- Improves sense of balance
- It is useful for removing urinary problems.
- It is helpful for kidney and prostate diseases.
- Garudasana benefits you to reduce pain related to hands & legs.