#DashworthyYogaChallenge Week 8: Eagle Pose

Dashworthy Yoga Challenge Eagle Pose

Week eight of the #DashworthyYogaChallenge is eagle pose – garudasana. I have been blown away by your beautiful poses throughout the challenge and can’t wait to see your eagle this week!

Share your expression of the pose by Saturday, April 30 for the chance to win this beautiful yoga outfit! This week the top is again from Balini Sports and the beautiful bottoms are by One Tribe Apparel.

Yoga Teacher Training Update

Earlier this week we had a meditation and sequencing workshop. It’s easy to see how meditation can be one of the most challenging practices in yoga! It was interesting to learn more about the background and ways in which we can facilitate meditation in our classes.

I’m also extremely interested in smart sequencing. When I teach classes I want to be able to explain to students why we are doing the poses the way in which we are doing them. I love how Vinyasa allows for creative expression in every flow, so I can’t wait to take my learnings and incorporate them into my own style.

#DashworthyYogaChallenge Week 8: Eagle Pose

The eight pose of the #DashworthyYogaChallenge is eagle pose. Eagle challenges and improves your balance. It also helps to open up the shoulders with the arm bind. You might notice how one side is easier than the other.

Sanskrit Name: Garudasana.

Eagle Pose Instructions

  1. Start in tadasana – mountain pose. Bend your knees slightly. Lift your right leg toward your chest, balancing on your left foot and cross your right thigh over your left. Point your right toes toward the floor, press back and hook the top of the right foot behind your left calf, if possible.
  2. Reach your arms forward, parallel to the floor and spread your shoulder blades wide down your back. Cross the right arm over your left and bend your elbows. Tuck the right elbow into the crook of your left and lift your forearms perpendicular to the floor. The backs of the palms should be touching.
  3. Take the arm twist one step further by bringing the palms together to touch. Raise the forearms higher, feeling the stretch in your upper back and shoulders.
  4. Sink deep into this pose, holding for 15-30 seconds. Unwind the legs and arms and return to tadasana. Repeat on the other side.

Benefits:

  • Strengthens and stretches the ankles and calves.
  • Stretches the thighs, hips, shoulders and upper back.
  • Improves balance and concentration.

Beginner’s Tips:

  • Don’t worry if you can’t wrap your foot around the opposite calf quite yet. You can point the toes toward the ground and use it as a “kick stand” until you’re able to balance on the opposite foot.
  • If needed, practice near a wall to stabilize until you can balance.

Eagle Pose Video Tutorial

Here’s a video that demonstrates eagle pose step-by-step:

How-to Enter the #DashworthyYogaChallenge for the Chance to Win!

For full challenge details, visit Dashworthy.com/Challenge.

Next: Share a photo or video of eagle pose in social media using #DashworthyYogaChallenge, tagging @Dashworthy and this week’s outfit sponsors @OneTribeApparel and @BaliniSports.

The winner will be announced Sunday, May 1 when the next week’s challenge is posted. Best of luck, yogis!

About this Week’s Sponsors: One Tribe Apparel & Balini Sports

This week I have the pleasure of introducing two beautiful sponsors!

These stunning harem pants are hand-crafted in Thailand by my friends over at One Tribe Apparel. As the founders put it, “One Tribe Apparel was created to bring bohemian apparel from around the world back to the west and to capture the serendipitous magic that happens when travelers meet as friends and part ways as family.”

I can truly feel the magic when I wear these beautifully printed pants and get loads of compliments from yogis who can’t wait to get their own pair!

Once again the gorgeous, super soft and comfortable sports bra is brought to you by Balini Sports. This time I went with a solid, sky blue that brings out the blue of the peacock feathers in the One Tribe pants. This is a simple, essential sports bra that every yogi should have in her wardrobe.

Announcing the #DashworthyYogaChallenge Week 7 Winner: Sascha

A photo posted by Sascha (@phdyogi) on


Congratulations, Sascha! You’re the lucky winner for week seven of the #DashworthyYogaChallenge and the beautiful outfit from InYo and Balini!

Thanks to everyone who shared their gorgeous lizard poses last week!

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