Meaning: Garuda = Eagle: Asana = Pose
What is Garudasana?
Garuda is the Sanskrit term for eagle. Indian mythology suggests that Garuda was the king of all birds. Being a representation of the mythical phoenix, they say that the Garuda identifies itself with the “all-consuming fire of the sun’s rays”.
Demonstration Method- steps:
- Begin by standing in Tadasana.
- Bend your knees and lift your left foot up to cross it over the right.
- Ensure that right foot is firmly placed on the floor and the left thigh is over the right thigh. Your left foot’s toes should be pointing downwards.
- Bring your arms forward while keeping them parallel to the floor.
- Cross the right arm over the left and bend your elbows so that your arms are now perpendicular to the floor. Ensure that the back of your hands are facing each other.
- Slowly turn the hands so that the palms face each other.
- Pressing the palms together, stretch the fingers upwards.
- Keeping your gaze focused at one place, stay in this pose for a couple of breaths.
- Slowly release the hands and bring them to the side of your body.
- Raise your left leg and place it back on the floor and slowly come back into Tadasana.
Benefits of Garudasana for children:
- It is useful to increase the concentration.
- It raises your reflection power by progressing focus of mind.
- It helps to concentrate, improves ability to balance and neuro muscular coordination.
- It strengthens ankles, legs, feet and calves.
- Improves flexibility of the legs.
- This asana must be done only on an empty stomach. You need to make sure to have your meals four to six hours before your practice and give your body enough time to digest your food.
- Pregnant women must seek medical consent before they practice this asana.
- It is best to avoid this asana if you have had a recent ankle, knee, or elbow injury. If interested, should practice under the Yoga Teacher’s supervision.