Eagle Pose, or Garudasana as it’s called in Sanskrit, is a balancing position that resembles a twisted pretzel. There is a lot going on in this position with both the arms and the legs. Not only does the posture require stability for balance, it also requires a good deal of flexibility, concentration, and dedication to accomplish.
Eagle Pose strengthens the feet and calves while stretching the hips and shoulders. A strong core and fierce focus are also necessary components. Eagle Pose is a very different balancing posture than others because it draws the limbs inward. It is a contracting posture rather than expansive, which many asana are.
The Sanskrit name for the pose, Garudasana, refers to a type of mythological bird from Hindu stories that was a powerful consort of the Lord Vishnu. He was said to be powerful enough to devour the sun’s rays.