Garudasana (gah-roo-dah-sah-nah[needs IPA]; Sanskrit: गरुडासन; IAST: Garuḍāsana) or Eagle Pose is an asana. The name comes from the Sanskrit words garuda meaning "eagle", and asana meaning "posture" or "seat".
In Hindu mythology Garuda is known as the king of birds. He transports the God Vishnu and is eager to help humanity fight against demons. The word is usually rendered into English as "eagle," though according to one dictionary the name literally means "devourer," because Garuda was originally identified with the "all-consuming fire of the sun's rays". This standing poses may enhance concentration.A difficult pose often practiced near the end of a sequence of standing poses. It focuses on the ankles, calves, thighs, hips and shoulders.
- Strengthens and stretches the ankles and calves
- Stretches the thighs, hips, shoulders, and upper back
- Improves concentration
- Improves sense of balance