We're late into the Summer now and according to Ayurvedic wisdom the body and the digestion have been weakened slightly. If there has also been a lot of rain, Vata dosha will have been aggravated (nervous system/mind/bladder energy and circulation of energy) also. The remedial action of this Late Summer Season is to take care of the flow of Vata and enhance agni (digestive power).
A great pose for this season is Garudasana (Eagle Pose) which Improves digestion and elimination and increases circulation (a symptom of poor digestion is blockage in ALL channels. This pose also 'unwinds' the mind (mental stress and strain is a symptom of Vata dosha chaos and a cause of poor digestion).
This is a detox pose for mind and body!
If you can’t yet wrap your arms until your palms touch, press the backs of your hands together.
Beginners can also hold the ends of a strap between each hand and pull gently on the strap.
If you can’t hook your top foot behind your standing-leg calf, rest the big toe of your raised foot on the floor to help with balance or you could also rest your lifted foot onto a block.
If you lose your balance easily, you can try this pose with your sacrum/sitting bones to the wall.
For a deeper challenge, lean your torso forward and press your forearms against your top-leg thigh. Inhale to release and unwind, then repeat on the opposite side.
Some teachers will have you hold your elbows high and in line with your shoulders; others will tell you to draw your elbows down toward the floor.
Use the pose to breathe. Think of the energy of the eagle as you practice and try to soak that into the pose (soaring gracefully high, intent gaze, above the chatter and hustle bustle of the ground below).
Just before you breathe in, imagine that all your problems have disappeared......... and then breathe in. As you breathe out, direct the energy to the solar plexus (above the belly button and below the sternum); the back of the standing/supporting calf and the top-most/upper arm bicep. Repeat this cycle of energy in and energy out for 5 breaths to 1 minute. Unwind the pose and take a stretch (perhaps downward dog or a backbend for 10 seconds) and repeat on the other side.
Take rest (savasana).