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Garudasana (/ɡɑːrˈdɑːsɑːnɑː/ gah-roo-DAH-sah-nah[1]; Sanskrit: गरुडासन; IAST: Garuḍāsana) or Eagle Pose[2] is an asana.

Etymology and origins[edit]

The name comes from the Sanskrit words garuda meaning "eagle", and asana meaning "posture" or "seat".[3]

In Hindu mythology Garuda is known as the king of birds. He transports the God Vishnu[4] and is eager to help humanity fight against demons. The word is usually rendered into English as "eagle", though the name literally means "devourer", because Garuda was originally identified with the "all-consuming fire of the sun's rays".[5]

The pose is listed in the late 17th-century Gheranda Samhita, verse 2.37.



This standing asana may enhance concentration.[6] It focuses on the ankles, calves, thighs, hips and shoulders.


Usually Garudasana is performed with a straight spine, so that it shows the mythical bird Garuda, but most people make their spine round, which could be interpreted as a mistake or a variation.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Budilovsky, Joan; Adamson, Eve (2000). The complete idiot's guide to yoga (2 ed.). Penguin. p. 153. ISBN 978-0-02-863970-3. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
  2. ^ "Yoga Journal - Eagle Pose". Retrieved 2011-04-09.
  3. ^ Sinha, S. C. (1 June 1996). Dictionary of Philosophy. Anmol Publications. p. 18. ISBN 978-81-7041-293-9.
  4. ^ "Vishnu Garudasana". Musée Guimet. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2011-06-25. This extremely well preserved work represents the god Vishnu astride his traditional mount, Garuda.
  5. ^ Jordan, Michael (August 2004). Dictionary of gods and goddesses. Infobase Publishing. pp. 102–. ISBN 978-0-8160-5923-2.
  6. ^ VanEs, Howard Allan (12 November 2002). Beginning Yoga: A Practice Manual. p. 66. ISBN 978-0-9722094-0-3. Builds balance, coordination, and concentration.

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