Eagle: June Yoga Pose of the Month


Strengthen and stretch your thighs, ankles and calves.  Open your hips, shoulders and upper back.

Eagle (Sanskrit: Garudasana)


1. Stand in Tadasana/Mountain. Lift your left knee up engaging your core and focusing on something that’s not moving. Cross your left thigh over the right. Point your left toes toward the floor/ground and then hook the top of the foot behind the lower right calf or beside it.  Sit down into pose.
2. Lengthen your arms in front of you so that they're parallel to the floor. Spread your shoulder blades wide across the back. Cross the arms in front of torso so that the right arm is above the left and bend your elbows. Cradle the right elbow into the crook of the left. The backs of your hands should be facing each other. Raise the forearms perpendicular to the floor. If you have flexibility, press the palms together. If your wrists start to bend, keep the back of the hands together. Lift your elbows and fingers up.  Want more opening through the upper back?  Lean your arms forward at a diagonal.
3. Stay for 3-5 breaths. Unwind the legs and arms and repeat for the same length of time on other side.

Contraindications:  If you have knee problems/injuries, don’t wrap leg behind other leg or simply perform arms only.  If you have shoulder concerns, you can perform the lower body only.  Listen and honor your body.

Namaste - The light within me honors the grace and wisdom within you.


About Author

Celeste Cooper-Peel, MA, MCHES, E-RYT, CWHC, CYT

Wellness Manager

Celeste has been in the science, health and wellness field over twenty years. As a chemist, she conducted research which brought her into the mindset of proactive wellness and prevention. After receiving her Masters in Health Education from East Carolina University, she ventured into the mind/body world receiving training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Yoga. Shortly after, she received the 2003 Wellness in the Workplace Award for a large health system in the state of Virginia. In 2004, Celeste joined SAS Institute, Inc. and continues to be passionate about all things wellness. She enjoys collaborating with team members, teaching, presenting and nurturing healthy lifestyle changes. She believes that every day is a learning opportunity and creates opportunities that reflect active learning, being curious and forward thinking. Celeste is a published author, the wife of a fun-loving husband, mother of a college freshman, "professional" front porch meditator and loves to play in the dirt . She is a nationally Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES), an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with the National Yoga Alliance, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Instructor, Certified Wellness and Health Coach (CWHC), Certified Yin-Yang Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation Instructor and Certified Yoga Therapist (CYT). She has also received advanced certificates in Integrative and Functional Nutrition and additional trainings with The Institute for Functional Medicine. Follow @ccooperpeel on Twitter and Instagram.

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