Each of our teachers offer a different flavor to their classes and when a student (as we are all students) are working on different postures-it can be nice to get a few perspectives to feel reassurance we are moving in the correct direction.
This round-table is set-up for anyone to read and gain a better understanding of a posture-whether you use it at home or in a class. I recommend you read each teacher’s description and try to feel what each teacher is communicating. Maybe it reaffirms the work you’re putting in-maybe it helps clarify a question you have within a posture.
Here is what our teacher’s had to share about this week’s posture: Eagle Arms
To move into a deeper balance posture , maintain your drishti , engage your core , press palms together while lifting elbows and sinking hips back into chair and crossing one leg over thigh.
If the palms come together try pointing the finger tips towards your drishti (focal point) gazing with that fierce, one pointed attention of an eagle.
If eagle arms can be achieved without pain, try adding other movements such as bowing into forward fold or extending into a back bend or twisting the torso gentle to either side.
From tadasana rolling up and back with the shoulders a few times, warming them up, keeping the core engaged, chest lifted shoulders rolled back sweep the arms open parallel to the floor, palms facing upward, then cross your arms in front of your torso, right arm above the left bending at the elbows place the right elbow snug into the bend of the left, backs of your hands should be facing each other stay here if you wish or shift of the right hand to the right and the left hand to the left so that the Palms are facing each other now, press the Palms together as much as you comfortably can lift your elbows up and stretch towards the ceiling, keeping your drishti forward.
I love the tip about using the hands to massage the scalp or thumbs on the third eye. Thanks to whoever wrote this. Feels amazing.
Arms out in front at chest height. Turn the palms up, reach arms across each other at the top arms elbow and bottom arms elbow crease. Bend the elbows bringing the forearms closer to the chest/face. Begin by bringing the back of the hands toward each other. If you can easily maintain this and would like to go deeper, try bringing the palms together. Take a beep breath guiding the breath
Into the upper and middle back. If you would like to deepen the stretch press the elbows a little out and up toward the face. If neither of these positions work for your body…hug yourself, as you deeply breath into the upper and middle back. But most importantly, thank yourself for honoring your body and practice by modifying!
Stretch your arms straight forward, parallel to the floor, and spread your scapulas wide across the back of your torso. Cross the arms in front of your torso so that the right arm is above the left, then bend your elbows. Snug the right elbow into the crook of the left, and raise the forearms perpendicular to the floor. The backs of your hands should be facing each other.
Press the right hand to the right and the left hand to the left, so that the palms are now facing each other. The thumb of the right hand should pass in front of the little finger of the left. Now press the palms together (as much as is possible for you), lift your elbows up, and stretch the fingers toward the ceiling.
Mmm! My favorite little tip about eagle arms is that the hands can be a focal point and/or you can use them to massage your scalp. If the thumbs can touch the spot between the eyebrows, that’s an excellent place to massage too!