Eagle Pose technique how to double wrap the legs

GARUDASANA – EAGLE POSE

How to Double Wrap the Legs

Eagle Pose

GARUDASANA – EAGLE POSE

Why is it hard to double wrap the leg

Garudasana, known as Eagle Pose is a challenging hip opener and hip strengthener. Its useful in developing balance, but for many people, double wrapping the legs is not accessible. For sure, some people have no trouble at all with this while others are completely perplexed.

There are 3 reasons why it would be challenging for you or your students to double wrap the legs

 

  1. Lack of flexibility of the Abductor Muscles (outer hip muscles) – these are the muscles that are lengthened when we cross our legs
  2. Lack of strength of the standing hip Abductor muscles. This is a bit confusing unless you watch the video below. The standing hip abductors help to elevate the oposite side of tthe pelvis, making it more possible t cross the legs.
  3. Lack of technique and timing. More often than not if you are not applying deliberate technique you will be going about a posture the hard way, which means that you will only be able to do the postures that match your set of physical muscular patterns. This is a disservice, not because you will miss out on the poses, but because you will miss out on the oportunity to change your muscle patterns. In the video below you will see the timing and techniques for getting into Eagle Pose with double wrapped legs. 
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How to Increase Flexibility of the Abductors – Outer Hips

If flexibility is inhibiting you from accessing Garudasana, Eagle Pose, and you want to find ways to access your greater range of motion of the outer hip muscles than there are a couple of postures you can work with. Any posture that includes criss crossed legs will be useful and effective in increasing abductor flexibility. There aren’t many traditional postures aside from eagle pose itself. One that comes to mind is Golmukhasana, Cow Faced Pose. However in all honesty I would say that eagle pose is more of the predecessor to Golmukhasana, Cow Faced Pose because Eagle Pose requires less flexibility. The one that I use in the Hips and Hamstrings immersion to prepare for eagle is a straight single leg forward fold with criss crossed legs.

How to Get into the Straight Leg Criss Crossed Forward Fold

  1. Start in lunge pose with your right foot forward.
  2. Heal toe (move) your right foot to the left side of the matt
  3. Step your back left foot to the right side of the mat so that now both legs are criss crossed
  4. I suggest using block under both hands prior to the last step
  5. Straighten your legs to a degree where you are stretching without strain

IMPORTANT KEY ACTION: Wag your tail bone to the left to increase the stretch along the outer hip and I.T Band. Or if its too intense you can wag your tail to the right to decrease the outer hip stretch. 

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WHY LACK OF ABDUCTOR STRENGTH HOLDS YOU BACK IN EAGLE POSE

Strength of the abductor group (outer hip muscles) is super important for two reasons. First the standing hip abductors are what lift your opposite side of the pelvis upward which allows you to cross your legs.   Second, without outer hip strength you would struggle to balance the pose! The outer hip muscles play a major role in balancing any single leg pose. So if you find it challenging to balance Garudasana Eagle Pose, than you will want to start with a strength training routine for the abductors. We focus in on strengthening these muscles in the Hips and Hamstrings Immersion

FREE VIDEO TUTORIAL: HOW TO DOUBLE WRAP THE LEGS IN GARUDASANA, EAGLE POSE

This video clip was taken from class #3 in the  Hips and Hamstrings: 12 Class Immersion

HOW TO DOUBLE WRAP THE LEGS

 

    You will notice in the video above that I am focused on squeezing the outer standing hip inward, and lifting the opposite side of the pelvis upward as a result. This allows the thigh bone to more easily cross the midline of the body. You will also notice that my thighs are significantly rotated inward this helps to get the wrapping of the legs as well. In the class leading up to this tutorial we used a wall to eliminate the necessity to balance while you are working with these actions. In the video above you will see I mock the use of a wall, I highly recommend you try it that way. 
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HOW DO I INCREASE FLEXIBILITY OF MY HIPS FOR OTHER YOGA POSTURES?

The easy answer to this is to practice in such a way that you are deliberately strengthening each muscle group around the hips. To learn more about what muscle groups are involved in hip opening, check out the article I wrote on The 4 Quadrants of The Hips which I share with you my methodology and approach that I use for my personal practice and in my teaching. Once you understand which muscles surround the hip joints, the next step is to begin strengthening each muscle group. Strengthening one muscle group through range of motion will increase flexibility of the opposing muscle group. This is the magic of educated and deliberate practice, we take the guess work out and our efforts are more effective in achieving our intended results. 

To increase your strength and flexibility of the hips, you can join the Hips and Hamstrings Immersion that will take you through 12 75min Online Yoga Classes, each focused on a different posture and the relevant muscle group(s). I take you through creative ways of strengthening each muscle group, then provide you with effective technique for stretching and accessing various. yoga postures. 

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"HIPS & HAMSTRINGS" IMMERSION

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  • Learn Techniques like “Fascillitated Stretching”
  • Release Stress Patterns, Discomfort, or Pain in Your Hips, Back and Knees.
  • Twelve 75 min Classes, All Levels Appropriate
  • Learn Postures: Pigeon, Lizard Variations, Lotus, Eagle, Hanuman, Fire Log, Seated Straddle Splits and More!
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