Challenge Asana of the week: Bakasana

Yoga Instructor Kelsi Sando

Yoga Instructor Kelsi Sando

Bakasana, commonly referred to as crow pose actually translates to crane pose: baka-crana; asana-pose. In fact Crow is actually Kak in Sanskrit. So why do we always refer to this powerful asana as crow? A crane is so much more majestic! A crow sounds to me a little dark, even intimidating; a little more Halloween and a little less Grace. So lets call this pose Crane! And embrace its beauty and grace within the posture.

Bakasana is an arm-balance pose, where both knees nuzzle high up onto the triceps while the feet lift from the earth and come together behind you. The hands are firmly planted shoulder distance apart and you lean your weight forward with your heart to take flight. This pose involves a lot of core strength, but strength we all have, it is simply a matter of learning how to tap into this strength.

Thus we must come back to the Crane and learn to find that lightness and grace within the strength and energy of the pose. Instead of rounding the shoulders and looking down at the ground, which we are attempting to leave, reach forward with your heart, look forward, lean forward, and let the wings of the shoulder blades pull back. Change the perspective that you are carrying all the weight in your hands, focus instead on pressing the earth away from you, lifting from the pelvic floor and drawing the lower abdomen inwards. Challenge yourself from curling up into a tight protective ball and extend out in order to create that lift, lightness, and flight!