Performing Eagle Pose or Garudasana (gah-rue-DAHS-anna) is a lot like life.
We must embrace the chaos of the world around us all the while remembering to stay personally balanced, focused. We have to breathe and resist the temptation to get sucked into the madness we or others create.
In Eagle Pose, we experience a twinge in the knee if we force our foot to wrap around the base of the calf before we are truly ready. Our hips must internally rotate and adduct. This takes time and patience to develop.
By giving our body the proper amount of time and practice, we will receive the final entwining without injury. This does not happen without finding balance on the standing leg and tuning into body to feel the place from which the rotation truly comes (not from the knee).
Additionally, the ribs are under the pressure of twisted arms, but with proper lift in the shoulder blades, the breath can be found.
Despite all of the twisting and pressure of the pose, the focus, the balance, and the breath can be found. And if you can find it all here, then you can find it anywhere!