Tuesday, March 30, 2010

How to Do Crow Pose

Spring is for the birds-- from chipper robins to bold blue jays to sprightly sparrows. Each heralds the arrival of the season of growth in its own way. Even the iconic marshmallow Peep, a different kind of bird altogether, signals spring.

For yogis, a certain bird, too, often signals a new season of growth in one's practice. Crow pose (also known as crane or bakasana in Sanskrit) is typically the first arm balance that students learn as they begin to advance their practice. The following brief videos that I recently created in collaboration with FiVi.com will help you take the leap and learn to fly, or finesse your current soaring skills.

The Benefits of Arm Balances

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A Step-by-Step Video on How to Do Crow Pose

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Come back tomorrow for Side Crow!

Experienced yogis: please feel free to add your own tips and hints for exploring arm balances.

2 comments:

Anita said...

Thank you so much!! When I was first practicing I had the fear of the face plant. Your clip shows even beginners that they need not fear this asana. It is no prob for my kids who don't let their mind get in the way. Another tip i encountered was to draw the thoracic spine up like cat pose. Beautiful....and maybe in my solitute I will try side crow now too.

Om Gal said...

For those who are fearful, it also helps to put a pillow, bolster, or blanket in front of you.

I've face-planted and lived to tell about it;-)