Which camp are you in - love Crow or hate it? Usually my students are firmly planted on one side or the other when it comes to this pose, which makes it perfect for a blog post. Let's talk about how and why to practice Crow. Then decide what you think about this asana...and why.
How To Practice Crow Pose
My video below shows the layers of this asana that will have you feeling steady and strong whether its your first time practicing or your 50th. This video is part of my pose library used to support private clients working with me virtually one-on-one.
Benefits of Crow Pose
Why is Crow so great? Many reasons! It builds strength in your wrists, shoulders, and core. Believe it or not, your Crow will feel much better when you have strong abdominal muscles because it enables you to lift your pelvis up, which takes some of your body weight off of your arms. Just like flying! Crow also demands flexibility in your groin, so you'll have the added benefit of stretching there to improve your pose. Finally, its an inversion so you not only gain a new perspective as you shift upside down, but you'll benefit from fresh oxygenated blood flowing throughout your body as you dismount. Great reason to move slowly with control always in a yoga practice, but especially during Crow.
Thoughts on Crow?
Now that you've learned the how and why behind this pose, what do you think? Is it one that you want to continue working on or not? If not, why not?
Choosing poses that are right for your body is important for your practice. Feeling challenged by building strength, flexibility, or balance in poses is a huge benefit of an asana practice. It can be humbling and fun, all at the same time. Yoga is what you make of it!
Remember to always consult your physician when starting a new activity. This pose is not recommended for anyone pregnant and/or experiencing injury and/or pain in the wrists, elbows, shoulders, neck, knees and/or back without guidance from a physician and/or yoga professional.
Hey - I'm Tiffany Lord, private virtual yoga instructor and founder of Love & Asana. I help type-A, overachievers reconnect to their bodies for more strength, flexibility and confidence with my realistic approach to yoga & mindfulness. Whether you feel "out of shape" due to persistent pain, past injuries or a stressful life change, you CAN feel better and live the life you want! Learn more about working together one-on-one here
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