Eagle Pose

Definition - What does Eagle Pose mean?

Eagle pose is a standing pose in which the practitioner twists one arm with the other and one leg with the other. The practitioner begins in mountain pose, or standing with the feet together and arms at the sides, then crosses the left thigh over the right thigh and hooks the left foot behind the right calf, knees bent. The right elbow is then placed into the crook of the left elbow as the palms of both hands come together. The pose is usually held for about 30 seconds and then repeated on the other side.

The Sanskrit name for eagle pose is garudasana.

Yogapedia explains Eagle Pose

Eagle pose provides the following physical and mental benefits:

  • Improves stability and balance
  • Increases focus
  • Strengthens arms, legs, knees and ankles
  • Opens shoulder joints and hips
  • Increases circulation
  • Helps digestion
  • Alleviates leg cramps

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