Yoga For Balance – Garudasana

Welcome to Week 4 of “Yoga with Dr. Prajakta”. In the final week of this Yoga series, we’ll be looking at the ways in which Yoga can help you achieve perfect balance.

Today, we’ll be performing one of the most elegant poses to be found in all of Yoga – Garudasana.

The name of this asana comes from the Sanskrit words “Garuda” meaning “Eagle”. In Hindu mythology, Garuda is the King of the Birds. He is the vahana of Lord Vishnu and has always helped humanity fight against demons.

This standing asana enhances one’s concentration. It mainly focuses on the ankles, calves, thighs, hips and shoulders.

Steps:

  • Stand erect
  • Now place the right thigh over the left thigh such that the right foot wraps around and touches the calf muscle of the left leg from behind
  • Similarly, wrap the right hand around the left hand
  • Now place the palms together to resemble the beak of an eagle
  • Concentrate on balancing the body; this pose is all about how well you can balance and hold the pose with concentration
  • Now unwrap the legs followed by the arms and relax in the standing position itself
  • Repeat the process 5-7 times

Benefits:

  1. It enhances the sense of balance of the body
  2. It also strengthens the muscles of the legs
  3. It helps increase mental concentration

Key Takeaways:

Link the pose with the breath. Finding the synchronicity between body and breath.

Author: Dr. Prajakta Jawalkar

(Come back tomorrow for the next pose in this series).