How to Do the Eagle Pose

Amp up your yoga routine and improve your flexibility with the Eagle Pose!

How to Do the Eagle Pose

Practice your balance and coordination by doing the Eagle Pose! This yoga position stretches and tones your arms, hips and legs while helping you improve your focus. It even helps open up your shoulder joints to help them become stronger and more flexible. To try this yoga exercise, just follow these instructions.

How to Do the Eagle Pose

  1. Start in a standing position with your feet hip-width apart. Place your hands to your sides.
  2. Extend your arms and take your right arm under your left arm. Your arms should wrap together on the elbows and wrists. Take note: to modify this move, you can cross your arms and hold on to your shoulders.
  3. Bend your knees. Balance on one foot and cross your other leg over your foot. If you’re balancing with your right foot, you should cross your left leg over your right leg.
  4. Hook the edge of your left foot behind your calf. Take note: for beginners, you can modify this move by resting your toes on the floor instead of hooking it behind your balancing leg.
  5. With your arms and legs wrapped together, bend down your hips. Try to get your elbows close to your knees.
  6. Hold this position and take deep breaths. Repeat the movement on the other side of your body.

 

Lying Down Eagle Pose (Modified)

You can do a variation of the Eagle Pose while lying down on your back. It has less impact on your knees while still stretching your legs, thighs and arms.

  1. Lie on the floor with your back. Place your hands to your sides and bend your knees up to a 90 degree angle.
  2. Extend your arms and take your right arm under your left arm. Your arms should wrap together on the elbows and wrists. Take note: to modify this move, you can cross your arms and hold on to your shoulders.
  3. Cross one leg over the other. If you cross your right leg, your left leg should go under.
  4. Try to hook the edge of your right foot behind your calf.
  5. With your arms and legs wrapped together, bend down your hips. Try to get your elbows close to your knees.
  6. Hold this position and take deep breaths. Repeat the movement on the other side of your body.

Challenge yourself and try this yoga pose today!

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