We’re checking in with our April yogis of the month, Ann Walter and Kat Hanratty, to learn a little about their experience with the pose of the month, Garudasana (Eagle Pose). We’re glad you reconnected to a little “true yoga”!
Reflecting on our experience with Garudasana brought up some interesting thoughts.
This is a pose we’re both pretty familiar with and have practiced in the past. We both “knew how to do” Garudasana and probably hadn’t spent a lot of time thinking about it. One of us might even have been guilty of thinking of Eagle as “not very cool” in today’s Instagram-obsessed world that focuses on extreme and difficult-looking poses!
But to our delight, spending the past month breaking Eagle down into its smaller components was, as usual, enlightening.
For a pose we “know” how to achieve, there are actually so many isolated little parts that go into it that we’d never really thought about. It’s a deceptively simple yet elegantly complicated pose that we now understand much better. Every muscle and part of the body seems to be involved!
Balance is obviously important. Breathing is critical and often neglected. The mind, body, and spirit are all at work together in this pose.
It was good to be reminded that Eagle or any other pose is no more or less “cool” or “real yoga” than a tricky looking inversion. It was great to go in-depth with Eagle Pose this month, but even more important to be reminded of what yoga truly is.