10. Eagle Pose: Garurasana
This pose relaxes your shoulders and upper back as it stabilizes and flexes your shoulder joint.
Take a breath and then, as you inhale, stretch your arms out to your sides.
As you exhale, bring them in front of you, swinging your right arm under your left and grabbing your shoulders with the opposite hands, giving yourself a hug.
If you have more flexibility in your shoulders, you can release your grip and continue wrapping your forearms around each other until your right fingers rest in your left palm.
Inhaling, lift your elbows a few inches higher.
Exhaling, roll your shoulders down, relaxing them away from your ears.
Take a few breaths, repeating the elbow lift and shoulder roll if you like.
This posture works into 12 major joints of the body, promotes the health of the central nervous system and enhances lymphatic functions. It improves balance, hip-joint mobility, and immune system, strengthens deltoid, trapezius, and legs, and reduces varicose veins.