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Eagle Pose

The twisted arms in Eagle may look a little intimidating, but this pretzel-looking pose is some of your best defense against tight, stressed shoulders:

  • From Chair, stand up tall for a few moments in Mountain Pose.
  • Shift weight onto your right foot, and lift your left knee up toward your chest. Cross your left knee in front of your right knee, and bend both knees slightly, trying to wrap your right toes around the back of your left calf.
  • Cross your right elbow over your left elbow. Work on bringing your right fingertips toward the base of your left palm, and then lift your elbows straight up toward the ceiling.
  • Stay here for five breaths, release, and then do the pose on the other side.