Garudasana: Calmly Active, Actively Calm
Updated: Jun 16
Garudasana. Eagle pose. Written January 10th, 2021
Doing physically challenging things is never the ego’s preferred choice. This was my experience of this pose, for years. I gritted my teeth as it kicked my butt. However, there is a beauty and a power to the focus and strength required to hold Garudasana. It forces you to get centered, to come into your spine. Literally, your body is squeezing itself into its core. Wrists over elbows, squared over hips, knees and ankles: everything in alignment. Gaze fixed one-pointedly. Every time I practice this asana I feel my body cells rejoicing, even as my legs burn and my upper body aches. And when I release? O the sweet release! My body sings. It must be exactly what happens in life when we overcome our challenges. Our souls sing. It’s honestly a belovedly terrible, blissfully painful challenge to legitimately do these asanas—and welcome to life! The body may “suffer” while our spirit rejoices.
Furthermore, this posture speaks to this particular moment in time. At the center of life’s storms, I stand serene. In the midst of a global pandemic, fraught elections and personal upheaval this affirmation reminds us of our real goal. To stand unshaken amidst the clash of breaking worlds. To live from our center, no matter what comes. To be calmly active and actively calm. Easier said than done, folks, I know. But this posture gives us that determination to keep trying even when we fail; and after we release, it gives us an experience of that calmness that is in fact a part of our true soul nature. It’s nothing we don’t already have. We just have to coax it out. Want calmness? Practice it. Let your inner eagle—of calmness, of joy—take flight.