We decided to give the traditional Eagle Pose an HDX remix, and what better reincarnation that of a glorious all-American bald eagle?!
Our take on this Eagle pose is one that focuses purely on the upper body, opposed to the traditional yoga pose, which binds both the upper and lower halves of your body.
This eagle variation is one that will focus on the tough muscle group that lies between the shoulder blades. Your Rhomboids and Traps will surely thank you, as we like to give them a proper beating in boot camp. Pull muscles get abused throughout the day and deserve to get stretched out to ensure your spinal alignment is in check.
We have become a species that tends to live a sedentary life (outside HDX Fit, of course) so we need a proper release to open up our bodies after being hunched over a desk, typing away on our phones and handwriting all of those love notes. Even for those who are constantly standing- shoulders tend to roll forward whilst moving around. Cyclists will truly benefit from this stretch as well, as it gives you a great stretch across the shoulders and upper to mid back.
This Eagle Pose stretch may be a bit much for beginners, and you can feel free to utilize our modification if necessary. Remember to practice this stretch- as well as all others- on a properly warmed up body, and take it only as far as you’re comfortable.
Eagle Pose Instructions
- Standing up straight, stretch both arms out before you. Cross your left arm over right.
- Start bending both arms to a 90-degree angle as you touch your palms together firmly.
- Can’t quite get your palms to touch? You can start by pressing back of hands together and eventually work your way to palms touching. You’ll get there eventually!
- Once arms are comfortably at 90 degrees and palms are touching, lift elbows up to about shoulder height (or higher for a deeper stretch).
- Press hands away from your face while keeping palms pressed against each other. Be sure to keep shoulders sliding down your back, neck relaxed and maintain a neutral spine.
- Be mindful of your breathing as you practice this stretch, as your lung function can impair its depth. Keep breathing to ensure adequate oxygen is reaching your muscles.
- Hold for 30 seconds and switch sides.