This posture stretches all of the large joints- ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows and wrists- as well as the pelvic organs. In the traditional variation of Garudasana, the student should line up the wrists, elbows, knees and ankles down through the center of the body. The thighs will be parallel to the mat, shoulders directly above the waistline. The crown of the head will lift up to lengthen through the spine while the elbows pull down to create space between the shoulder-blades. All of the major joints are compressed to create space, strength and endurance in the body. The intense physical output required in this dynamic balancing posture will calm an over-active mind.

Some other benefits include: Increased circulation to all joints, increased leg strength, improved digestion and elimination, improved balance, improved focus.

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