How to Do the Crow Pose

How to Do the Crow Pose. Although this position is commonly called
the Crow pose, its Sanskrit name literally translates as Crane. Any fowl will do: the point is that you’ll
be perched like a bird on a wire. You will need Comfortable clothing suitable
for stretching and moving A calm place where you won’t be distracted or disturbed A yoga
mat or folded blanket and a pillow. Do not practice this pose if you have carpal
tunnel syndrome, are pregnant, or have high blood pressure. Step 1. Squat on your mat with your feet wide apart
and your knees pointing outward. Step 2. Reach your arms in front of you. Step 3. Place your hands on the floor in front of
you, directly below your shoulders, with your fingers spread out. Your knees should rest on the back of your
upper arms, as close to your armpits as possible. Step 4. Rise up on your toes, shifting your weight
forward onto your hands. Feel the weight distributed from the knees
into the arms into the hands. This might be as far as you go with this pose
at first. That’s OK—it will still help you increase
your upper body strength and hip flexibility. Step 5. Focus your eyes on a point in front of your
body so that your head is lifted up slightly. Step 6. Shift your weight forward far enough so that
your feet naturally lift up off the ground on their own without pushing off or jumping. Your fingertips will make subtle adjustments
to keep you balanced. For a sense of security, put a pillow in front
of you in case you should lose your balance and topple forward. Step 7. Balance in the pose for several relaxed, natural
breaths. Step 8. Release the pose by lowering your feet back
to the floor, coming back to a squat. Resist the urge to flap your wings. Did you know In Hinduism, crows are valued
as transporters of food and offerings to the dead.