The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga teaches that each of the seven major chakras or energy centers of the body is governed by a corresponding spiritual law. For example, the Law of Dharma governs the sixth chakra, which is located in the forehead, between the eyes. The sixth chakra is our center of intuition and insight. When energy flows freely through this chakra, we feel deeply connected to our inner wisdom and have a clear sense of our life’s purpose . . . our dharma. When the sixth chakra is blocked, however, we experience confusion and self-doubt.
Fortunately, there are specific yoga poses that clear and enliven the flow of energy through the sixth chakra, including the powerful asana known as Eagle pose or Garudasana. Practicing this pose helps you connect to the wisdom of your inner Self, which is always guiding you to manifest your full potential or dharma in life. As you mindfully enter the pose, the noisy chatter of outside opinions and imposed beliefs begins to quiet, allowing you to listen to the voice of your own soul.
For most people the eagle pose is challenging on their first attempt; however, this pose can usually be mastered within a short period of time. It is helpful to do eagle arms and eagle legs separately for the first few times.
Extend your arms out to the side. Bend your left elbow in front of your body, fingertips up toward the sky and cross your right arm between your left arm and chest. Place the fingers of your right hand onto the palm of the left and point your fingertips to the ceiling. Gently press elbows together. Hold this pose for 10 seconds and then unwind.
Standing with your feet together bend both knees, then shift your weight to your left foot. Raise your right leg, keeping both knees bent and then cross your right leg around the front of your left leg until you can hook your toes around your left calf muscle near the ankle. You will need to keep your left knee bent to achieve this. When doing full Eagle, do the arms first and then follow instructions for legs. Repeat this balancing posture on the opposite side.
Strengthens and stretches the ankles and calves
Stretches the thighs, hips, shoulders, and upper back
Energizes and clears the lymphatic system
To intensify the pose, bend your knees, sitting back as if to sit in a chair.