Seated Eagle Pose

Seated Eagle Pose

If you’re like lots of our yogis you sometimes find yourself stressed at your desk after a few hours of concentrating at your computer, and realize that your spine is curved and your shoulders are slouched over. It’s time to take a break and do a quick stretch with a Seated Eagle Pose!

Seated Eagle Pose:

First, sit up straight and engage your core muscles. You’ll find that your corrected posture immediately gives you a greater sense of self-esteem and confidence! Instead of having the weight of the world on your shoulders, you are now light and free. Warm up your shoulders a bit by rolling them backwards and then forwards a few times.

Cross your left knee over your right knee, and see if you can wrap your lower left leg around the back of your lower right calf, hooking your left toes around your inner right ankle. If thats too much of a stretch, point your left toes down towards your outer right ankle.

Now bring your elbows together, and cross your right elbow over your left elbow. Snaking nyour arms around each other, see if you can touch your palms together. Go as far as you can without forcing yourself!

Keeping your head up and shoulders back, hold the pose for a few breaths.

Unfurl your arms and legs and repeat, switching to your right leg over left, and left elbow over your right elbow.

Benefits of the Seated Eagle Pose:

If you take a few minutes to practice a Seated Eagle Pose, you’ll experience the following benefits:

  • Improved upper back posture
  • Opening of your shoulders, chest, back, and hips
  • Relief from tension in shoulders and at the base of the neck
  • Improved balance
  • Increased focus & willpower

A Seated Eagle pose is a quick and unintrusive stretch to do wherever you are, so it’s perfect for stress relief at the office, or while travelling on the train or a long flight!