Movement of the Month: Open your Heart with Garundasana “Eagle Pose”

The day can take a toll on our posture. Gravity and fatigue are strong forces to battle. If you notice that you are sitting with your head forward, shoulders rounded, and your back aches,  it’s time to start give your heart some room to breathe. When we lead with our head and not with the heart, we tend to disconnect our mind, body and spirit. This is a pose to help you unravel your heart once again.


Fit2bWell tip: If balance poses causes a pang of anxiety, practice this posture seated

  1. Stand in Tadasana, “Mountain Pose,” with your feet hips width apart, soft knees and tall spine. Feel the crown of your head lift from the roots of your feet.  Find a focus in front of you that will connect gaze to center your pose if you feel unsteady. Bend your knees softly and slightly, lift your left foot up and, while balancing on your right foot, cross your left thigh over the right. Point your left toes toward the floor. Balance on the right foot.Fitb2bwell tip: Challenge the muscular energy of your foundation by hugging the muscles to the bone, pressing the foot back, and then hook the top of the foot behind the lower right calf.
  2. Stretch your arms straight forward, parallel to the floor. Spread your scapulas wide across the back of your torso as you find expansion of your collarbones. Keep your side body long, core connected. Cross the arms in front of your torso so that the right arm is above the left.  Bend your elbows. Kiss the right elbow into the hook of the left. Lift the forearms perpendicular to the floor.  The backs of your hands should be facing each other.
  3. Press the right hand to the right and the left hand to the left, so that the palms are now facing each other. The thumb of the right hand should pass in front of the little finger of the left. Now press the palms together (as much as is possible for you), lift your elbows up, and stretch the fingers toward the ceiling. If you cannot press palms, focus on the elbow connection and lift from your heart.
  4. Stay for 15 to 30 seconds, then unwind the legs and arms and stand in Tadasana again. Repeat for the same length of time with the arms and legs reversed.


Fitb2bwell tip: Expand your torso as you find strength in your legs to engage your organic expansion and lighten your breath behind the pose. Play around what the depth and angle of your hip flexion. Have fun


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