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Hatha Yoga Tip

GARUDANASANA – Eagle Pose – Intermediate – Standing posture –
Standing with both knees slightly bent. Place right knee over top left knee and hook the right foot behind left calf. Keep knees slightly bent. Now for the arms. Place right arm in front of the face, elbow bent at right angle. Stack Left elbow under right elbow, then coil forearms around each other. Bring palms together as best as possible. Hold the arms and hands in front of face, palms at eye level. Now try to stand as straight as possible, facing forward as much as possible. Hold up to 30 seconds, breathing rhythmically. Release and repeat on other side. As with any of the standing postures on one leg, the balanced mind in reflected in the balanced posture.

Increases concentration
Increases awareness of balance
Stretches hips
Stretches upper back

This yoga asana is an edited contribution for the Sivananda Gurugram partly sourced and edited from the Sivananda Publication: “Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion” – Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre – 2010.

The essential condition of spirituality is the annihilation of desire for mundane objects – Vairagya/dispassion. – Sri Swami Sivananda

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