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How to Do The Eagle Pose

Watch more How to Do Yoga Poses videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to do the eagle pose properly so you'll get the full benefits of this yoga position. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Warning If you have weak or fragile knees, or a compromised sense of balance, try this pose near a wall at first in case you need support. Step 1: Mountain Pose Stand at the front of your mat with your feet shoulder-width apart and your weight evenly distributed between them, your spine erect, and your arms at your sides. Step 2: Align elbows Lift your arms in front of you with your right elbow underneath your left elbow. Bring the backs of your hands toward each other. Tip If this feels like as far as your shoulders can go, leave your arms in this position. Step 3: Position hands If you can, move your hands past each other so that your palms are facing each other and your arms are double wrapped like vines. Step 4: Align knees Now raise your right leg, drape your right knee over your left knee, and balance on your left leg. Step 5: Wrap right foot If you can, slowly wrap your right foot behind your left calf to increase the stretch in your hips. If this causes stress in your knees, return to the previous posture. Step 6: Bend knee Bend your left knee a little more so you are positioned as if sitting in a chair with your legs crossed. Tip It may help your balance to gaze at one stationary point in front of you. Step 7: Hold pose Hold this pose for several breaths, focusing on your balance, and on keeping your spine upright and aligned. Step 8: Release & repeat Release the pose and repeat the steps on the opposite side, with your left elbow under your right while balanced on your right leg. Step 9: Hold & release Hold this pose for the same number of breaths as you did on the other side, and release. Cross yourself off the endangered species list. Did You Know? In Hindu lore, the "Garuda" is a golden creature with the body of a human but the wings and face of an eagle, ridden by Lord Vishnu.
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