This posture, Eagle, is the third posture in the Bikram Yoga series. It is also considered a warm up pose and is the last posture before Party Time. The point of eagle in the series is to “wake up” or activate your skeletal system. Eagle is the only posture in the series that opens up the 14 largest joints in the skeletal system. Beyond improving flexibility in the hips, knees, ankles, wrists, elbows, scapula and deltoids, Eagle also supplies fresh blood to the reproductive system and sex organs, plus the kidneys, which increases sexual vitality and helps clear up reproductive problems.
To do Eagle start by standing still and focusing on one point in the mirror (remember this is a balancing posture so don’t move your eyes!). Bring your right arm under your left arm. Cross at the elbows, then again cross at the wrists, bringing your hands together in front of your face (thumbs toward your face, pinkies toward the mirror). When you do this you will feel compression in the wrists, elbows and shoulders. Increase this compression by pulling your elbows down so your fingertips go below your nose (looks like an Eagle’s beak).
Sit down in the chair, and without letting your hips come up at all, lift your right leg over the left leg and put your right foot under your calf muscle. If your foot isn’t wrapping yet (very normal) bend your knee and sit down more. If you lose the balance, arch your upper body back more. So you’re twisting like wet ropes, sitting down as low as possible and arching your upper body back as much as possible. Don’t forget to suck your stomach in!
If this posture makes you feel a little dizzy, don’t be alarmed. This is the tourniquet effect for your entire body and is a super charge of circulation to every cell. Remember if your thighs are burning, you’re doing the posture the right way! Enjoy!