The Eagle Yoga Pose is a standing posture that develops balance and concentration. In addition to working the leg muscles, this yoga movement activates almost every muscle joint in both the upper and lower body.
This is a popular pose to do early in a yoga class to warm up the muscles and get the blood flowing. Most standing poses like eagle are based on good balance, flexibility and focus.
Eagle pose is usually held for a shorter period of time than many other yoga movements and is considered to be one of the more advanced and energetic yoga postures. The pose can be therapeutic for individuals with consistent lower back pain.
Eagle Yoga Pose
You can begin the Eagle pose by standing in a Mountain pose with your arms at your sides. With all of your weight on your left leg, slowly bend your knees like you are trying to sit down in a chair.
Making sure to keep you back completely straight, lift your right leg and put it across your left one. Keep it above the left knee if possible.
Squat down as low as you can comfortably, with your tailbone tucked beneath yourself and your stomach pulled in. At this point, you should be fixing your gaze on something in front of you (this is referred to as your drishti).
Raise your arms up to your shoulder level with your palms facing in. Cross the left arm over the right with your elbows resting on top of each other and bend your elbows around each other to have your palms facing each other. Press your palms together if possible.
Remain in this pose for 30-60 seconds and then return to your starting position. Repeat and reverse the exercise with your other arm and leg crossing over.
Taylor Demonstrating the Eagle Pose
If you are having trouble with your balance, you can lightly place your backside against a wall.
The more you release the muscle tension throughout your body, the better the exercise.
As with most yoga poses, be conscious of your hip placement. They should remain level.
Eagle Pose Benefits
It is hard to let the mind wander while you are trying to find your balance doing this pose. It takes full concentration to have the different parts of your body work in harmony to realize proper form when performing the eagle pose.
Eagle pose can improve the flexibility throughout your body; it's a great exercise to stretch out your hips and loosen up your joints.
As with many yoga poses, the Eagle yoga pose can strengthen and tone muscles through your entire body at the same time.
Because you are using so many different muscle groups at the same time. This is one of the best poses for burning extra calories.
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