When Garudasana is performed, the pose of the body appears to be that of an eagle. So this asana is called Garudasana.
- Stand erect. Keep the right leg straight on the ground and bring the left leg over the right thigh above the right knee.
- The left leg should be entwined around the right leg in the same way as a creeper encircles the trunk of a tree and sticks to it.
- The left thigh should be entwined around the right thigh.
- Interlock the arms in the same manner. The palms should touch each other.
- Arrange the fingers in such way that they look like the beak of an eagle.
- Keep the arms in front of the face.
- Breathe in the normal way.
- Hold this position for eight to ten seconds.
- Change the hands and the legs alternately.
Advantages of Garudasana:
- Garudasana strengthens the legs. One can balance the body on one leg.
- In this asana, the blood vessels are stretched. So they become strong.
- It removes the swelling of cells of the testicles.
- It cures rheumatism of the arms and the legs.
- It alleviates pain in the thighs and the calf muscles.
- Garudasana is helpful for restraining the mind.