A perfect daily pose that works on two things that daily life constantly tightens: the rhomboids (the muscles between the shoulder blades) and the buttocks. Garudasana is great for the hips and the shoulders while also improving balance. Increase your sense of balance and you also increase the amount and the health of the cells in the cerebellum.
Squeeze your inner thighs together and lift the pit of the abdomen. Keep your buttocks relaxed. Maintain the lift of your sternum as you spread the shoulder blades apart.
Hold for at least 3 breaths, keeping your breath smooth and even and your eyes soft. Release the arms and legs, straightening the legs to come out of the pose. Change sides.
If balance is challenging, experiment with doing this pose with your back to the wall. Whenever the left leg is on top, the right arm will be on top and vice versa.
You also can do this pose in segments, focusing only on the arms or on the legs. You can easily do the arm work seated at a desk to keep your shoulders from getting stiff from computer work. You can even do the leg work lying down which can be very helpful for sciatica, tight buttock and lower back pain.