Many yogis just fall in love with Crow Pose!
This arm balance pose offers challenge but also accessibility. Most beginner students find that this pose, even though an arm balance can be reached with a little extra effort. As a result, many of us have found ourselves determined to hold this posture and fly!
Crow is also called or referred to as Crane Pose, and there are several different variations and degrees of difficulty. The pose is also used as a tricky transition between certain other postures, but these transitions should be avoided by the beginner, more on these later!
Even though it's considered a fundamental arm balance, this posture requires strength. Core strength is especially needed to rise into the pose and hold the posture with the feet off the ground. Many teachers claim that yogis with high stress are drawn to Crow because of its ability to help the body release tension. The pose is traditionally practiced relatively early in classes before strength and energy has dissipated.
The Sanskrit name or translation is Bakasana. The breakdown for the Sanskrit name is as follows, "Baka" meaning "Crow or Crane", and "Asana" meaning "Posture or Pose". It's worth noting that the translation is more accurate as "Crane Pose". However, "Crow" is by far the most popular name for the asana.
Crow is packed with a wide variety of physical and emotional benefits, including providing a path to reaching a challenging goal and the satisfaction of attaining those first few seconds of flying in Crow Pose.