America is a country that has balance, strength, and flexibility, all of which are aspects that work together to provide us with the opportunity to live out our own American Dreams. To honor our work, lives, friends, family and history this Independence Day what better yoga pose to practice other than Eagle Pose.
Benefits of Eagle Pose:
- Strengthening of the arms, legs, knees and ankles.
- Creating space between the shoulder blades.
- Stretching the outer hip muscles and IT band.
- Increased circulation to all joints.
- Improved digestion, balance and mental focus.
Even though it will have you twisted up like a knot and holding on as hard as you can to not to fall over, you are rewarded when you unwind and find that it’s not just your body that feels untangled, but your mind and spirit as well.
Working hard to achieve a goal is deeply rooted into our country’s history; don’t be afraid of challenging your self. You may teeter, stumble or fall but take a lesson from our Nation’s past and keep fighting for what you need, believe or want to achieve.
Show your American Pride with Eagle Pose:
- Begin by standing.
- Bend both knees then lift your left foot up off the ground and cross your left knee over the right.
- Squeeze your thighs together while making sure your left toes are pointing down towards the floor.
- Bring your arms out to your sides while keeping them parallel to the floor.
- Then cross the right arm over the left at the elbow. Next bend your elbows so that your forearms are now perpendicular to the floor.
- Engage the back of your hands so they are touching each other.
- Then slowly turn the hands so that the palms face each other.
- Pressing the palms together, stretch the fingers upwards.
- Keeping your gaze focused on one point in front of you, stay in this pose for 3 full and deep rounds of breaths.
- To unwind, slowly release the hands and bring them to the side of your body.
- Raise your left leg and place it back on the floor and slowly come back into Standing.
- Then repeat the twist on the opposite side.
If you have balance difficulty you can skip always perform this seated on the floor or chair and focus on the binding and twisting of the arms.
For an added balance challenge you can float your leg back into warrior three while engaging your arms into the twist.
Join us in class to learn poses like this. We wish you health and happiness this Independence Day.
Edited By: Jennifer Lavin