Garudasana or Eagle Pose is a very important Yoga in the science of Yoga. Garuda is a Sanskrit word, it is also called an eagle. Garuda is seen as a symbol of fighting evil forces in civilizations around the world. According to Yoga science, Garudasana is one of the main Yoga performed while standing. With the continuous practice of Garudasana, the body gets many benefits as well as a good stretch. The practice of Garudasana also benefits kidney and secret diseases. That is why in this article we will give you information about what is Garudasana, besides the benefits of Garudasana Yoga, the right way to do Garudasana, method, and precautions.
What Is Garudasana Yoga ?
According to Yoga science, Garudasana is a Yoga of simple difficulty or basic level. It is considered to be the seat of the Vinyasa style. Garudasana should be practiced on one leg only for 15-30 seconds. Then it can be done on the other leg as well.
By doing Garudasana, there is a stretch in the shoulders, thighs, hips, ankles, calves, and upper back. While its regular practice strengthens the ankles and calves.
In Indian mythology, Garuda is called the king of all birds. Garuda is the vehicle of Lord Vishnu and is the younger brother of Arun, the charioteer of Surya. Whenever there is a war between the Devas and the Asuras, Garuda actively participates on the side of the Gods.
Garuda also means one who destroys by swallowing. Garuda is also called ‘Phoenix’ in foreign myths. According to these myths, Garuda also calls himself the destroyer by absorbing all the fire of the sun’s rays.
How Do You Do Garudasana ?
In the beginning, you might find it difficult to keep your hands intertwined. To make it easier, extend both your hands such that they are parallel to the ground. Join the two ends of the hands together. And slowly try to wrap one hand on the other. While during this you also have to maintain balance.
You may also find it difficult to wrap the other leg behind the calf of the raised leg. When you get into the practice of doing this Yoga, instead of putting pressure on the entire paw, you will start making the balance of the whole body only on the toe. This will also help you to strike a balance.
Step by Step Instructions
1. Stand straight on the yoga mat.
2. Slowly bend the right knee down.
3. Try to wrap the left leg around the right leg.
4. The heels of the feet will come on top of each other.
5. Your left foot should touch the bottom of your right shin.
6. Raise both hands to shoulder height.
7. Wrap the right hand around the left.
8. During this, your elbows will remain bent at an angle of 90 degrees.
9. Keeping the balance, slowly bring the hips down.
10. Keep the knees in the middle of the body, do not let them bend to the right and left of the body.
11. Stay in this position for 15-30 seconds.
12. Keep breathing deeply and slowly in and out.
13. Close your eyes and try to focus on the third eye.
14. Say it, again and again to throw negative thoughts away from your mind.
15. Slowly come back to normal position.
16. Now practice the same posture again with the other leg.
What Are The Benefits of Garudasana Yoga ?
When you practice this yoga, you may feel trapped. But when you get used to doing this Yoga, then your body will feel as if you are flying in the air, just like an eagle.
The term ‘flying in the air’ refers to the flow of energy that occurs after the body is in this state. This flow, or energy, makes you stable and strong as well as gives you the strength to face difficulties. Especially when you are surrounded by difficulties.
The practice of Garudasana is not that easy either. You have to be comfortable and calm before practicing it. In the beginning, it makes you tired very quickly. So much so that you can go to the extent of giving up.
If you lose your spirits during the practice of this Yoga, it is possible that you may fall on the ground or lose your balance.
But if you do Garudasana with an open mind and full power, then soon you will be able to overcome all the obstacles. Apart from this, all the positive energy of the body will be flowing continuously throughout your body and mind.
Apart from this, there are many benefits of practicing Garudasana Yoga. Like,
1. Thighs, hips, upper back and shoulders get stretched.
2. It increases focus and balance of the body.
3. Leg muscles and cuff muscles are strengthened.
4. It reduces the pain of Rheumatism, Rheumatism, Arthritis and Sciatica.
5. It helps to make the waist, legs and hips more flexible.
6. This Yoga also helps in reducing stress.
Precautions For Garudasana
Garudasana should be practiced only in the morning. But if you are doing this Yoga in the evening, then it is important that you have taken your meal at least 4 to 6 hours before. It is also important to make sure that before doing the Yoga, you have to defecate and the stomach is completely empty.
Who Should Not Perform Garudasana ?
Avoid practicing Garudasana if you have the following problems.
1. Do not do Garudasana if you have an ankle, knee or elbow injury.
2. If you have a complaint of low blood pressure, then do not forget to do Garudasana.
3. In the beginning, do Garudasana only under the supervision of a yoga trainer. When the balance starts, you can do this Yoga yourself.
Use this video below to do Garudasana Yoga.
You can also check here the amazing benefits of Vrikshasana Yoga.