Eagle Pose is one of the classical standing asanas that is included in Ashtanga and Bikram Yoga routines. This pose will increase your balance, coordination, ability to concentrate and your leg strength. It also helps to release tension throughout the shoulders, arms and neck. Eagle Pose is generally practiced after the Sun Salutations and standing Yoga asanas.
The yoga programs that are for seniors or older people are generally a little easier on the joints, and require less extreme stretching. Any beginning class is also good for seniors as long as they know their own limitations. Of course, it is always a good idea to check with your doctor before you start taking any type of class, and that includes a yoga class.
Most American yoga is referred to as Hatha yoga. It consists of a series of several hundred different poses (called asana) and a dozen types of controlled breathing (called pranayama). Most Hatha classes also introduce some meditation in class. Other forms of yoga go beyond these basic activities to include moral and ethical guidelines.
When doing some of the poses that make up basic hatha yoga, you should never feel pain. You must breathe deeply and naturally as you do the asana. As you breathe and move, the poses will come more naturally. You should never strain, but gently increase your ability to complete and hold each pose. If a pose feels difficult or painful, stop immediately and try it as you feel more secure and focused. If you already have any severe back or neck injuries or issues, you should check with a doctor before you try to do any yoga poses or techniques.