The leg position in Garudasana is a rather novel movement and may be difficult to learn while trying to balance on one leg. Get a 2-for-1 benefit of warming up the hips while learning this new body position by practicing the leg action on your back. Begin on the floor in modified Supta Konasana (Reclining Angle Pose), arms at 45 degrees from your body, thighs lifted at 90 degrees, legs extended and spread wide. Press your hands into the floor to help engage your core. Bring your legs toward each other, bend your knees, and wrap your left leg around the right as if you were coming into Eagle Pose from the waist down. Unfurl your legs, take them back to the starting position, and repeat the movement with your right leg. Continue alternating this pattern 5-10 times on each side. This will help warm up the hips and teach the nervous system this pattern of action.
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