I’m noticing a fun trend with our Yoga 101 series lately. We’ve been leaning toward poses that require courage. And since upping your courage is never a bad thing, let’s keep that trend rolling this month.
There are a few poses that every yogi clearly remembers the first time they nailed them — the first one that comes to mind is Crow Pose or Bakasana. Crow is often seen as the gateway to arm balances, and for good reason. The muscular engagement and alignment of a solid Crow Pose show up in every other arm balance. It’s a milestone worth celebrating and you learn a ton about yourself in the process.
So, for these reasons, this month’s Yoga 101 is all about achieving lift-off into Crow Pose.
Let’s Tackle Crow Pose
Just like last month’s handstand drills video, we’re giving you lots of options so there’s something for everyone to try. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not all about arm strength. When done properly, Crow is less about your arms and more about your upper back and core. So we’re giving you several tools to help teach you how take flight before moving you into the real deal.
With consistent practice, you’ll find that not only do you get stronger but you’ll also start to feel your courage rising — that’s the best part about playing on your hands.
A quick note on props: If you notice that you’re struggling to keep your elbows from flaring out, make a loop with a yoga strap and place it around your arms just above your elbows. The loop in the strap should be short enough that when you reach your arms forward, your elbows line up directly in front of the center of your shoulders.
Did you try Crow? How’d you do? —Alison