Hand Balancing: The Crow (Bakasana)

A well rounded fitness regimen, just like a well rounded diet, is comprised of a variety of elements. In keeping with that concept, I have been known to practice yoga from time to time.

Over the years, I have found one of my favorite yoga postures is what is often referred to as “crow pose” or Bakasana (yoga poses are traditionally referred to by their Sanskrit names, in case you were wondering).

This posture, sometimes referred to as “frog stand” in other disciplines, improves balance and stability while it strengthens the arms, shoulders and core.

Transitioning from crow to handstand

Transitioning from crow to handstand

The crow also helps build hand and wrist control, making it is a great pose to practice if you’re working towards a handstand. It’s often a good idea to practice the two skills concurrently–one improves the other.

Once you get the hang of the crow and the handstand separate from each other you can try transitioning into a handstand from a crow–there’s always a new challenge!

There are many other variations on this pose as well, such as the side crow (Parsva Bakasana) and flying crow (Eka Pada Galavasana) poses. Start with the basic crow and work your way up to the others from there.

Watch the video below for demonstrations and more:
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jg0yASWlTe4

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