See another one on the tree?
Photo taken on Oct 7 at 8:49 am in Tompkin Square Park, NYC.
I was trying to get closer to the birds, hoping to get a clearer picture of them both, but someone warned me that they could be aggressive. It seems that they come to the park (where big fat squirrels scatter all over the place…) and nest their babies during autumn every year (smart choice!).
I’ve never seen them afterwards though. I wonder how the birds are doing after the hurricane and snow…?
Up north in the Central Park, there’s another Red-tailed Hawk, Pale Male, the most well-known urban hawk of his own species. He has made NYC his home since early 1990s.
Garudasana, Eagle Pose, by Dharma Mittra
In Hindu mythology Garuda is known as the king of birds. He transports the God Vishnu and is eager to help humanity fight against demons. The word is usually rendered into English as “eagle,” though according to one dictionary the name literally means “devourer,” because Garuda was originally identified with the “all-consuming fire of the sun’s rays”. – Wikipedia, “Garudasana”
Garudasana is a great shoulder opener, hip opener and balancing pose. You may find it a bit elusive if you are new to this pose. If you are relatively comfortable in holding this position, see if you can keep the forearms perpendicular to the upper arms and keep the shoulder blades down at the same time.
Beginning with crossed arms –
Crossing the right arm over left… perhaps working on the arms and shoulders alone is enough already?
Beginning to introduce a little balancing by lifting the left leg…
Or maybe you’d like to cross the legs and tuck the toes on the floor.
Beginning with crossed legs –
Crossing the left leg over the right, the bent knees helps secure the top foot wrapping around the calf, and also facilitates balancing.
Either keeping the hands in prayer or extending the arms towards the sky is good.
Getting deeper into the full pose –
Or try interlacing the fingers.
Eagle arms in a seated position:
I find it a great warm up at the beginning of a practice. Or you may want to get a little stretch while commuting, or after sitting in front of the computer all morning?
Eagle arms in a high lunge:
Opening the heart!
…or you prefer folding forward?
Eagle arms in Warrior C:
Fancy a little more fun and challenges in Warrior C?
Or continue folding forward into a Garudasana split!
What are other variations of Garudasana that you enjoy? Send me your photos and share with us!