The twisted arms in Eagle open up tight, stressed shoulders, while the bottom of your body gets its own deep twist:
- From Chair Pose, stand up tall for a few moments in Mountain Pose.
- Shift weight onto your left foot, and lift your right knee up toward your chest. Cross your right knee in front of your left knee and bend both knees slightly, trying to wrap your right toes around the back of your left calf.
- Cross your left elbow over your right elbow. Work on bringing your left fingertips toward the base of your right palm and then lift your elbows straight up toward the ceiling.
- Stay here for five breaths, release, and then do the other side.
I know this pose looks pretzel-like, so here are more details on how to do Eagle.
Photo: Jenny Sugar