Jump back from crow pose
Personally, this was my scariest asana, even more so than scorpion
Why you ask???? well, no one ever told me to put pillows in front of me prior to starting for one. The amont of times I toppled over was not funny! TIP "USE A PILLOW"
The Sanskrit name for this pose, "Bakasana" (bah-KAHS-uh-nuh), comes from the word "baka." Although it is usually referred to as "crow," it is more accurately translated as "crane." However, both "Crane Pose" and "Crow Pose" refer to the posture described above.
This pose requires a good deal of strength, so it is often performed closer to the beginning of a yoga class. Be sure to warm up thoroughly with several Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskara) and Garland Pose (Malasana) before attempting Crow.
- Take your time
- Build from the ground up. Pay attention to your hands. Press up and out of the knuckles and palms.
- Find, keep finding and keep finding that upward current of energy. Maintain this and you will fly!
- Draw your naval in towards the spine and hollow upper back.
- Keep the gaze forward.
- If you do fall… smile, shake it off and breathe. Begin again.
- Draw the shoulders down away from the ears. Create space.
- Place a pillow in front if that helps quieten the mind
- In time, straighten the arms and draw arches of the feet together
- Have fun and enjoy the ride
Benefits of Crow Pose
- Tones the abdominal wall.
- Strengthens abdominal organs to aide in lower back pain and indigestion.
- Strengthens arms.
- Stretches and strengthens the back.
- Stretches and strengthens inner thighs.
- Opens the groin.
- Strengthens the wrists! TRUTH! Practice.
- Builds endurance and focus – mental focus and calm!
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