(Standing Yoga Postures)
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 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 ay 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.
(1) This asana strengthen the legs. One can balance the body on one leg.
(2) In this asana, the blood vessels are stretched. So they become strong.
(3) It removes the swelling of cells of the testicles.
(4) It cures rheumatism of the arms and the legs.
(5) It alleviates pain in the thighs and the calf muscles.
(6) This asana is helpful for restraining the mind.
‘Vruksha’ means a tree. In this asana, the body assumes the shape of a tree. So it is called vrukshasana.
Stand on either leg. If difficulty is experienced to balance the body on one leg, take the support of a wall. Bend the other leg at the knee and place its heel at the root of the thigh of the former leg as shown in the figure. Join the palms and raise the arms straight over the head as if you are making an obeisance to the sky. Straighten the elbows. Inhale slowly. Hold this position for about ten seconds. Then repeat the pose, standing on the other leg. This exercise can be practiced four to six times a day.
(1) The pose tones up all the joints of the body.
(2) It supplies blood to the blood vessels of the toes, the knees, the elbows, etc. in sufficient quantity.
(3) The hands and the legs become flexible by the practice of this asana. It makes the chest shapely.