Crow pose is an advanced arm balance that strengthens the wrists, arms and shoulders and challenges your balance and body control. It’s also a hip opener that is similar in form to Yoga Squat and Happy Baby pose.
CROW POSE BENEFITS
- Strengthens the hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, back, core and hips.
- Improves balance and body control.
- Trains focus and concentration.
Come into a squat. Touch the balls of your feet together, bring your knees out wide and place your palms on the mat in front of you, shoulder-width apart.
Lower your upper body in between your knees and press your triceps against your shins. Come up to the balls of your feet, spread your fingers wide and press into your palms. Squeeze your knees firmly against your upper arms. Look forward, not down at the mat—so that you don’t faceplant. Lift your hips and lean forward so that your weight shifts from your feet into your hands. Keep moving forward until your feet begin to lift off the mat in Crow pose. You can start by lifting one foot, then the other, then try both together.
The better you get at this pose and the stronger your core, the higher you will be able to lift your feet.
Try to hold the pose for 5-10 slow breaths.
When you’re ready, come back down into a squat.
VARIATION: Side Crow Pose
- Avoid Crow and Side Crow if you have an upper body injury.