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How To Do The Yoga Crow Poses

We are back discussing the various yoga balancing exercises.

We have gone over the peacock pose and its variations, now I will be demonstrating how to do the Crow pose.

 pretzel pose

It is noteworthy of mention that the crow could be seen as a counter pose to the peacock pose, even with how the hands are placed and the position of the spine.

That said, and taking into account the suggestions I have given in previous articles on the Sivananda Yoga Style and the necessity for counter poses, please see to it that if you do the peacock, it is counterbalanced with the crow and for at least the length of time you put into executing the former pose.

How To Do The Yoga Crow Pose

The yoga crow pose can be described as balancing with your legs supported by your arms with the legs being bent.

Owing to the holding of the pose itself, besides increasing physical and mental balance, the crow develops mental tranquility and also strengthens your wrists and forearms.

For the actual technique,

Crow Pose (Bakasana):

Sit on the toes keeping knees apart.

Now keep the hands firmly on the floor.

Rest the knees on the respective arms. Now raise the toes and slowly balance yourself.

Hold for as long possible aiming for 3-4 minutes…

Now, for variations of the pose:

1. Variation 1

Have your arms wide apart

2. Variation 2

Have your arms shoulder width apart

Demands more strength and willpower…somehow makes you laugh though

3. Variation 3

Lock elbows right under the inner part of the knees.

Then here is a brief overview of the side crow poses:

Side Crow Pose Variation 1:

As in variation 1, resting both legs on the right arm first then the left.

Side Crow Pose Variation 2:

Extend the legs in the variation above.

Side Crow Pose Variation 3:

Stretch the legs and put the right arm in between the thighs. Now make an ankle lock by placing the left ankle over the right. Now slowly raise the body and prepare for some strange reason to laugh

As I stated earlier, for the sake of time and space, I have briefly touched on how to do the peacock, crow and side crow poses, however, suffice it to say that perhaps the best way to be instructed on how to execute them may lie in either going to google images to view what the final position should look like or you could do a search for this author on You-Tube (Thanks to The Divine For That) and see a detailed visual description.

Here are a couple of points to keep in mind

1. Of course for these poses, alignment is key.

2. Focus, determination all in tune with the will to let go.

3. When you lean forward to get into “Crow” keep your sight line in front of you rather than looking down.

4. Engage your abdominal wall (think pulling your navel into your spine) while elevating the hips slightly.

5. Don’t forget to breathe! If you feel any pain while doing this pose stop.

Here’s to Restoring Balance In Your Life and To Health,

Foras Aje

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