Eagle Pose, one of the trickier balancing yoga asanas! Read on to discover it’s benefits and how to practice it.
In this balancing posture, focus must be maintained it order to keep your balance, as the limbs are bound.
How to do it-
Come into Tadasana/Mountain pose (an active standing posture).
Slowly bring the weight onto your right leg, lifting the left foot off the ground.
Bend your right leg slightly and wrap your left leg around it, hooking the left foot behind the right leg.
Bring your arms out into front of you, at shoulder height.
Bring your right arm underneath the left arm, bending the elbows. Ensure the left elbow is in the crook of the right elbow, and raise the elbows to shoulder height.
The palms of the hands are pressing together.
Stay here for five long, deep breaths.
Repeat on the other side.
Improves focus and concentration.
Stretches the thighs, hips, upper back and shoulders. In most postures in yoga, the shoulders are drawn down the back and away from the ears. This pose however, creates space between the scapula.
Improves sense of balance, allows you to find your center of gravity.
Strengthens and stretches the ankles and calves.
Avoid practicing this posture if you have knee problems/injuries.