The English translation of the Sanskrit word Garuda is Eagle. Garudasana in particular, requires complete concentration than in comparison to other postures. However, individuals with knee problems are advised to avoid this posture or consult an expert before practicing it.
- Stand erect with feet kept together, hands on either side, looking straight ahead. Breathe normally.
- The left foot should be drawn upward, bending at the knee and wrap the left foot around the right leg in such a way that the left thigh rests on the right thigh.
- The arms should be crossed at the elbows, with left arm over the right arms, the palms joined together and the fingers should be kept pointing in the upward direction.
- Inhale and remain in that posture for a few seconds.
- Exhale and return to the standing posture (Tadasana). Repeat the posture by alternating the legs and hand positions.
Garudasana is an effective posture that strengthens the ankles, knees, legs, calves and relieves leg cramps. It also stretches the shoulders, thighs and upper back and improves overall balance and concentration. This Posture helps in finding relief from Asthma, Sciatica and low backache.