Hello My Beautiful People! Today’s pose, Eagle Arms, teaches us to be gentle with others even when we have to be stern with ourselves. After yesterday’s Bow Pose, Eagle Arms are a great arm and shoulder workout that allow you to focus on your mindfulness, starting with your breathing.
Eagle Arms is a modified version of Eagle Pose and can be seen mostly during warm ups. It helps to open your shoulders, mind, and focus in-depth. Todays practice will be a mindful one in which you should use this time to meditate and/or focus on 1 thing for 5 minute increments. You can slowly increase your time but make sure to stay focused on one thing at a time. If you find yourself ‘mind wandering’ say the word ‘thinking’ aloud to help regain your focus.
Step By Step Eagle Arms:
- Starting in Lotus pose, or “crisscross applesauce” place your hands on your knees and breathe here for 4-8 breathes.
- Inhale and extend your arms out in front of you; Slightly drop your left arm under your right.
- Exhale as you bend your elbows, reaching your fingertips toward the ceiling. Press your shoulder blades down your back and towards your waist. If you can, touch your palms together, or back of your hands together.
- Gaze at the tips of your thumbs, placing them on the sides of your nose for the extra focus help. Hold here for 8-15 breathes before releasing your twisted arms back onto your lap, followed by the releasing of your legs and knees.