Eagle Pose is one of the 26 postures you will learn in my class. There was a time when I couldn't wrap my arms around each other, nor my thighs. But when you stay consistent in your practice, the mind and body will transform and adapt. The eagle pose is the only pose that affects all 14 major joints of the body at once: the shoulder joints, elbows, wrists, hips knees and ankles ( 7 joints on each side of the body). Eagle also improves blood circulation of the reproductive system, genital organs and kidneys, which improves sexual vitality. Eagle pose perfectly strengthens parts of the lower body such as the hips and thigh muscles. For the upper parts of the body, eagle strengthens the dorsal oblique muscles, the trapezium and the deltoid muscles. Conscious movement takes great awareness and concentration. For athletes, this can increase the mental focus and functional movement of the limbs.
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This Posture can be particularly challenging for athletes and those suffering from knee injuries. "Fixed firm" is one of the best postures for your knees. In the beginning, it may be challenging to get into the full expression of the posture. In this first stage, its very important to feel OK with where you are. Know that you are increasing the flexibility in your knees and ankles so that you are able to move to the next stage, leaning back on the floor and arms over the head.
"Believe it or not, I used to be so stiff around my knees that I could only stand on my knees in this pose. The constant pounding on the field from footwork drills and tackling took a toll on my joints. It took me about six months of practicing this pose before I was able to get my head on the floor in the full expression. The most important part was allowing myself to be patient with my process." - Amir, founder of YogiAthlete
Toe Stand (Padangustasana) helps stretch and strengthen your hips, knees and ankles. This pose targets the stomach muscles, as a strong core is needed to balance. All balancing poses take extreme mental focus and can help with mind-body balance. When you finally achieve a solid balance in this pose, you will feel a great sense of mental accomplishment.
Triangle pose is the master posture of the standing series, this posture helps with the marjor joints of the body. Triangle pose is an intense hip-opener that strengthens the muscles of the legs and increases stability. This posture purifies the body from the inside out as the organs in the hip area (colon, kidneys, reproductive organs) are stimulated in this pose. The twist through the upper body and opening of the shoulders help provide adequate room for the organs in the chest to function properly, bringing elasticity to the lungs.
Triangle pose feeds the cardiovascular system, especially for athletes.
First you bend to the right, moving circulation from right to left. Then you bend to the left, reversing the circulation. In the beginning you are struggling just for good form. Over time, as the body improves, you will be able to deepen the posture and therefore move even more blood circulation to each side of the body. When doing this correctly you improve and strengthen every muscle in the body’s core, especially in the abdomen; increase the flexibility of the spine; correct bad posture; promote proper kidney function; and help to cure enlargement of the liver and spleen. It increases the flexibility and strength of the rectus abdominus, latissmus dorsi, oblique, deltoid and trapezius muscles. Half Moon also firms and trims the waistline, hips, abdomen, buttocks and thighs.
This is the only posture that twists the spine from top to bottom, which increases circulation to all the spinal nerves, veins, and tissues, and improves the elasticity of the spine. This posture also improves shoulder mobility, respiration, and detoxification.
Chair pose, or awkward pose, will tone and shape your legs. Keep the stomach away from the things and bring the chest up as strait as possible, making a chair shape. This pose is also great for Defensive Backs (DB) and Line Backers (LB) as it helps them maintain the correct posture in their position stance. Chair Pose also helps relieve rheumatism and arthritis in the legs, and helps to cure slipped discs and other problems in the lower spine.