Eagle Arms is a great technique to stretch your shoulders as well as release tension in your neck and back. This warm-up works by creating space between the shoulder blades, which opens the shoulder joints. The result is increased circulation to the joints as well as improved focus.

Your textbook “RESTORATIVE YOGA FOR LIFE,” describes an easy way to get in and out of this warm-up and explains that you can practice this warm-up while standing, sitting on the floor, or sitting in a chair. However, keep in mind that this warm-up can be difficult for many of your students, especially those with injury or inflammation in the wrists, shoulders, and/or elbows. So, if you decide to use this warm-up, be sure to be patient with your students. Also, be ready to look for and make some adjustments to your students’ alignment (either by a verbal cue or a physical adjustment) and/or provide modifications/props. Below, you will find a picture with cueing points, a list of common adjustments, and some modifications that can be made to make this warm-up easier and more comfortable for you and your students.

Eagle Arms- with cues

Common Adjustments
• Shoulders raised to ears
• Chest collapsing in / Overarching the back
• Hands and elbows not aligned
• Looking down or up instead of straight forward

Modifications
• Students with injury or inflammation in the wrists, shoulders, and/or elbows can practice this warm-up by focusing on pressing the forearms together or they can reach the top arm across the chest to the opposite shoulder and use the bottom hand or forearm to draw the arm across the chest.
• Students who have difficulty reaching their palms together can hold a strap between the hands.

As explained in your textbook “RESTORATIVE YOGA FOR LIFE,” there is a chakra that benefits by practicing this warm-up and the dosha balance is affected as well. See below for a simple breakdown.

Chakra
Chakra Four:Heart, Love, or Anahata (Unstuck) Chakra. This is the love and equilibrium chakra. Its goals are balance, compassion, and acceptance. Its location is the heart.

Doshas
VataThis dosha is increased in this asana.
PittaThis dosha is increased in this asana.
KaphaThis dosha is decreased in this asana.

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