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Watch: Astronaut Practices Yoga While Weightless; Aces this asana challenge in space

Samantha Cristoforetti, a European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, practiced yoga while aboard the International Space Station in zero gravity. As expected, her video stunned the internet. The astronaut, who has been “living and working abroad on the space station” according to her Twitter bio, often shares glimpses of the “Mission Minerva” of which she is a part.

Watch the video here.

Yoga in a state of weightlessness? do it! It’s a little tricky, but with the right postures (thanks Tweet embed!) And some creative freedom, you can do it. Take a look!” she wrote on Twitter while re-sharing the video.

As part of a children’s show called Cosmic Kids، Host Jaime Amore can be seen rehearsing with Samantha, who has given some shows yoga asanas, Including Garudasana or Eagle Pose.

Himalayan Siddha Akshar, founder of the Akshar Yoga Research and Development Center, called this asana as one of the best exercises for relaxation. “When you maintain posture and focus, it helps improve body awareness and calm your mind. In the long run, it regulates your emotions and prepares your body to respond positively to stressful situations.”

He further explained that the pose is great for “tight neck and shoulders” as it helps stabilize the neck and shoulders, making it one of the most effective neck pain exercises.

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How do we put the eagle?

*never b Tadasana.
* Lift your left foot up and over the right foot with your knees bent.
* Make sure the left thigh is over the right leg and the right foot is firmly planted on the floor. The toes of your left foot should be pointing down.
* Keep your arms parallel to the floor as you extend them forward.
*Your arms should now be perpendicular to the floor as you cross your right arm across your left and bend your elbows. Make sure your hands are facing each other from behind.
Slowly rotate the hands so that the palms are facing each other.
* We extend the fingers up while pressing the palms together.
* Stay in this position for a few breaths, keeping your eyes fixed in one place.
* Slowly release the hands and bring them to the side of your body.
* Lift your left leg and place it back on the floor and slowly return to Tadasana.


Garudasana should be avoided by:

* Anyone who has recently sustained a shoulder, ankle or knee injury.
* Those who are obese.
* Those who suffer from frequent headaches.
* Those who have either a low or high blood pressure.
* People with inner ear problems.
* People with COPD or asthma.
*Third quarter pregnant ladies.
* If you have a fever, flu or a cold.

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