“No matter how twisted we are on the outside, inside we remain calm” – this is just one lesson of garudasana, eagle pose. But there’s more: read the story of this pose and help it to uncover your potential.
The story of Garudasana as told in Myths of the Asanas by Alanna Kaivalya & Arjuna van der Kooij starts when Garuda was born from a huge egg. He appeared as radiant as a million suns. With the head, wings, talons and beak of an eagle and the body and limbs of a man, Garuda was an imposing figure. The gods asked him to reduce his size as his power scared them. He did as they asked.
Garuda’s mother, Vinata, lost a bet with the snakes and was held captive by them in an underground serpent city called Patala. The serpents said they would not release her unless Garuda brought a cup of amrita (nectar that makes one immortal) from its place atop a celestial mountain. To get to it, one must pass through three deadly obstacles.
The first obstacle was a ring of fire. Garuda was easily able to…
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