Garudasana or Eagle Pose is an asana. Sanskrit: गरुडासन; Garuda – Eagle, Asana – Pose; Pronounced As – gah-roo-dah-sah-nah.
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. Ideally, there needs to be a 10-12 hour gap between your meals and your practice, which is why it is best advised to practice this asana early in the morning. However, owing to busy schedules, a lot of people find it hard to work out in the morning. Such people may practice yoga in the evening. Your bowels also must be clean when you practice this asana.
When you do this asana, it is likely that you feel constricted. But when you master it, your body feels like it is ‘riding in the wind’, just like an eagle. The term ‘riding in the wind’ refers to a flow of energy in any situation. This flow, or energy, helps you become steady, stable, and spacious in the midst of a challenging situation, without any barriers. Resisting makes you tired, and you are tempted to give up. If you give up or resist while you are in this asana, you will most likely lose your balance. But if you do this asana with an open mind and great courage, you will overcome the obstacles and have a constant flow of positive energy through your mind and body.
Now that you know how to do the Garudasana correctly, what are you waiting for? This asana is meant to devour fear, ego, and doubt so that you can make way for positive intentions. Practicing this asana regularly makes you strong and focused, just like the mighty Eagle.
As beginners, you might find it difficult to tangle your arms around each other. To make it easier, stretch your arms out, such that they are parallel to the floor. Hold onto the ends of a strap. Now, as you hold on to the strap tightly, try and wrap your hands into position.
You might also find it hard to latch your raised foot behind the standing leg’s calf. Until you get comfortable, press the big toe of the raised leg instead of the whole foot. This will help you maintain balance.
These are some points of caution you must keep in mind before you do this asana.
1. It is best to avoid this asana if you have had a recent ankle, knee, or elbow injury.
2. Pregnant women must seek medical consent before they practice this asana.