Method and Benefits of doing Garudasana
According to the science of yoga, Garudasana is one of the important asanas performed while standing. It is considered to be the seat of the Vinyasa style. Its continuous practice provides many health benefits to the body. Also, doing Garudasana gives a good stretch.
Garudasana is a type of yogasana named after Garuda, the king of birds mentioned in mythology. The origin of this asana is from the Sanskrit word “garuda", which means eagle. Therefore, in this posture, the body's shape becomes like that of an eagle. It is named Garudasana on the above grounds, hence this asana is also known as Eagle Pose. It provides flexibility as well as stretches in the shoulders, wrists, arms, and legs. Apart from this, Garudasana is very effective for the kidneys and brain.
How to do Garudasana
The following are the methods of doing Garudasana:
- Before doing this asana, prepare yourself physically and mentally.
- Now by laying a mat on a clean surface, stand up straight in Tadasana posture. During this, keep breathing normally.
- Now bend your knees and keep both your hands in front.
- Now lift the left leg up in such a way that the balance of the whole body remains on the right leg.
- After that, take the left leg behind while rotating it in front of the right leg.
- Note that during this, the left thigh should be above the right thigh.
- Now cross both your arms with each other by bending them at the elbows. During this, keep the left hand on top of the right hand.
- Now try to bring both palms into the salutation posture.
- Try to stay in this posture for a few seconds or as per your ability.
- After that, come back to your original state. To come to your original position, raise the hips and keep the waist straight, open the arms and legs.
- Now do the same thing with the other leg.
- Do this mudra at least 4 to 5 times.
Benefits of Garudasana
- This asana strengthens the muscles of the legs and arms.
- Its regular practice brings flexibility as well as stretching in the shoulders, thighs, waist and upper back.
- Garudasana is an effective remedy for arthritis and sciatica.
- It strengthens the calf muscles.
- It maintains physical balance and improves concentration.
- By doing this asana, stress is reduced.
Take these precautions while doing Garudasana
- Do not practice this asana if there is any kind of injury or pain in the knees.
- Arthritis patients should practice Garudasana only under the supervision of a yoga expert.
- Pregnant women should avoid the practice of this asana, as the balance of the body may deteriorate during the practice of this asana. As a result, the person may fall.