Stretch Break! Eagle Arms

After a little hiatus, the weekly Stretch Break! is back.  Today’s stretch break is inspired from a post I read by Chris Edgar, of Work Consciously, where he describes how to do Eagle Arms in yoga.  I thought it would make a perfect video demonstration.  You can perform this move standing or seated.  I also offer a modification.  This is great for the shoulders and upper back.  As always, please consult a physician if you are unsure whether this move (or any movement based program) is right for you. Enjoy.

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  • Evita

    I love the eagle pose. For a long time I could not put inner palm to inner palm. I am still not a straight with my palms as you are in the demo, but I am getting there :)

    And congrats for qualifying, will definitely put in my vote for you!

  • Karl Staib – Work Happy Now

    Oh man I needed this stretch today. My upper back has been tight.

    Good luck on getting into the top 5. I’m on my way to give you a boost.

  • Stacey / The Mom Renewal Project

    Loved this stretch so much that I’m off to share it on my blog.


  • Chris Edgar

    Hi Stacey — thanks for this demonstration. And I’d add that if you’re all not feeling too self-conscious at work, you can just stand up and wrap one leg around the other in the same way! :) (But not if you have trouble doing the arm portion or have difficulty balancing.)

  • Hilary

    Hi Stacey .. I’ll be off to vote in a minute! Just first thanks for the eagle arms .. I can do these stretches when I’m with my Ma .. and I’ve sorted a few things out here and I hope to start bringing some exercise into my daily routine of life .. and thank goodness the sun is out & so I can get some walking in too. The stretches will really help .. have a good weekend .. Hilary

  • Stacey Shipman

    Evita – It took a long time for my arms to get into this pose. Very freeing when it finally happened. Now I love it.

    Karl – I hope you found it useful for your back!

    Stacey – Thank you!!!

    Chris – Ha! That’s why I chose arms only…for now…

    Hilary – walking is a great compliment to the stretching…enjoy!

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