Eagle Elixir – Intermediate Level
The benefits of this pose and the practice that prepares our body for it are that it strengthens your entire standing leg, stretching the hamstrings and IT band of your lifted leg as you keep your chest open and expansive.
A particular benefit is the chance to stretch out and release the IT Band or Iliotibial Band which is an extension of your hip muscles that run along the outside of your thigh and connects down into the knee.
The purpose of this band is to stabilize the outer part of the knee.
When this is weak the result is an angry hip or knee which causes a lot of pain and tightness.
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