Garudasana Eagle Pose
Benefits: Stretches out the hard to reach muscles between the shoulder blades, releases the shoulder girdle, improves balance and draws your awareness inwards.
As with all exercise, you need to listen to your body, keep the back of the neck and spine lengthened and the rib cage lifted. Remember to breathe as you work with the different exercises.
Starting from a standing position , bend your knees slightly, lifting your left leg up and placing your left thigh across the top of your right. Hook your left foot behind your right calf, with your toes pointing towards the floor.
Hold your arms straight out in front of you, parallel with the floor. Cross your left arm over the right, slowly bend your elbows so that your forearms are perpendicular to the floor and your right elbow sits firmly in the crook of your left.
Push the backs of your hands together, and if possible move your hands past one another so that your palms face each other. Ensure that your elbows don’t drop towards the ground, and that fingers are pointed at the ceiling.
Breathe and hold the pose for 15-30 seconds before repeating with the arms and legs swapped.