BY: Beauty & the Beat Blog ON: May 16, 2017 IN: Yoga
Disclaimer: I am currently enrolled in 200-hour yoga teacher training and will become a registered yoga teacher in August 2017. These tips are from my personal practice, so please be cautious when trying them on your own. You should always consider practicing crow pose with a registered yoga teacher if needed.
Hi B&B friends—I’m back with another yoga tutorial and this time around, it’s all about Bakasana AKA Crow Pose! Bakasa is an arm balance pose that is all about building strength in the abs and arms. It also strengthens your wrists, upper back, core and legs.
I felt very strong and empowered the first time I nailed this pose in a yoga class and hope to help others experience those feelings with this tutorial!
Get on your mat and fly with my beginner’s guide to crow pose.
Crow Pose Step 1
Start in a wide squat position with feet and palms flat on the floor. (Make sure your palms are flat and there are pie slices between your fingers.) Slowly, lift your heels off the floor and come onto the balls of your feet, resting your knees on the outside of your shoulders. You can also rest them under your armpits.
If getting into a squat is too difficult, you can place your feet on a yoga block to modify.
Crow Pose Step 2
With your hands firmly placed on the floor, lift your hips towards the ceiling until you are in a forward fold, you can lower your toes if needed. Your hands should still be
Crow Pose Step 3
Lean forward allowing your elbows and knees to slightly bend, as you place your right knee directly above your right elbow continuing to shift your weight forward while you balance. You can bring your knee to the outside of the elbow as a modification.
You’ll notice that your toes will start to come off the floor as you tilt forward.
Crow Pose Step 4
Repeat step 4 on the left side and fly! Test the waters with how far you lift your toes off the floor. You should feel balanced in the pose, so you might have to start by barely lifting your toes off of the floor. Having control is key to mastering this pose and not injuring yourself.
Squeeze your legs against your arms and keep your head in neutral position and breathe. Take 5-10 deep breaths in this position.
To exit crow pose, carefully lower your feet to the floor and rest in a squat.
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