Crow pose. What comes to mind when the instructor invites the class into crow? Maybe the first thought is, "Oh $h!#!" Understandably so. Crow pose can be intimidating for many yogis. Maybe you think, "My arms are too weak." Or maybe a little light within you rejoices since you have visibly improved your expression of crow. Undoubtedly, there is a spectrum of relationships yogis have with their crow pose.
Crow, From the Inside Out
Ebb n' Flow Yoga honors your relationship with your crow pose, wherever that relationship may currently be. We also invite you to continuously build an inside-out, cellar-level experience with asanas. Instructor Christine brings her wisdom of yoga and many years coaching gymnastics to support your journey with kakasana.
Crow pose is a symmetrical arm balance. This requires tremendous core strength, although many perceive it as a feat of muscular brilliance. As you explore your body's beautiful anatomy and biomechanics, you will play with and learn your correct hand placement and weight distribution for your unique expression of crow pose.
Preparation Exercise A
Preparation Exercise B
To set-up, place blocks on the highest level. Blocks should be shoulder width. If you are unsure about what works best for you, begin a bit more narrow than shoulder width than play around with placement from there. Use a blanket, several, or thin bolster for additional height. This largely depends on your arm length. The objective is for the props to support your practice of coming into crow pose.
Preparation Exercise C
Like Preparation Exercise B, this exercise allows you to safely build strength in your arms and core. This option is particularly great for those who cannot squat deeply.
Roll your mat once or twice, depending on the thickness of your mat. This helps to protect your wrists. Use blocks to support your squat, assisting your knees to a higher position.
And BIG congrats if this is where you are. And the same congrats if your crow pose takes flight today! Either way your crow flies (or does not fly), you're an equally awesome yogi.
Check out my video here for additional support in working on crow.
Better yet, join me every Tuesday and Thursday at 5-6:15PM to build on poses like kakasana in a safe, anatomically-aware way. My approach to teaching these Ebb n' Flow classes are to give every student his or her unique template to safely and playfully explore how their body best expresses each asana.
To your inner crow,