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Summer Shape Up Challenge: Eagle Pose

Demonstrated by Taylor Nelms

Eagle Pose – With your feet hip-width apart, stand in Mountain Pose. Make sure your spine is stretched and your stance is tall. Slightly bend your knees and shift your weight to your left leg. Inhale and cross your right knee over your left thigh. Focus on balancing on your left leg and keeping a slight bend in the knee. In order to properly engage your thighs and calves, it’s important that you evenly distribute the weight on your left foot. If you’re comfortable, wrap your right foot around your lower left calf. Raise your arms in front of you so that they’re parallel with the floor. Bend your elbows at 90 degrees and let your arms cross until your palms come together. Hold for 5 breathes and slowly unwind. Benefits: Stronger hips, thighs, ankles and calves.  Eagle pose opens your shoulders and helps build balance, focus and concentration. Tips: If you’re having difficulty crossing your arms until your palms touch, straighten your arms and try wrapping them around each other before bending.