Crow Pose – Parsva Bakasana
Side Crow for me is a pose that not only tests my balance but also my breath. If I am breathing into the pose I am much lighter and do not use muscle power to find my centre.
In Sanskrit – (PARZH-vuh bah-KAHS-uh-nuh)
“Baka” Crane but generally translated to Crow
How to come into Side Crow:
- From standing, lower down into a squat with the knees together and palms together at the centre of the chest.
- Twist your torso to the right bringing your right elbow to the right hip and the left elbow to the right knee.
- Bring the hands down to the mat about the width of your upper thigh, activate your hands by spreading your fingers.
- Keeping your fingers spread and equal weight between both hands start to lean forward bring the upper arms parallel to the floor.
- The right thigh should be in contact with both the right and left upper arm.
- Lift both feet off the mat and start to strengthen the arms by pushing down through the hands and draw the elbows in.
- Hold for 5 breathes and return to the starting position.
I found it easier to lift my inner foot i.e. the right when I first started learn this pose.
Benefits of Side Crow:
- Strengthens the arms and wrists
- Strengthens the abdominals
- Massages the abdominal organs
- Improves sense of balance
- Improves digestion and helps to Detoxify
- Improves flexibility through the spine
For many years I have enjoyed an active lifestyle, this included rock climbing, mounting biking and windsurfing now days its all about the yoga, swimming or going to the gym, and along side all of these I take a great interest in the foods that I consume. I love to research new recipes and know how all the different whole foods that I am using are going to benefit me not only with my physical body but also my mental body. I love to share and inspire people to be come healthier be it through yoga, or adopting a cleaner whole foods eating plan.