I haven’t done a yoga Monday post in a few weeks but I have one for you today covering a common request…tips for getting into the arm balance crow or bakasana. A lot of people think they aren’t strong enough to do crow but it’s not just about upper body strength but core engagement and technique as well.
Here are my top tips for tackling crow:
- BE CONFIDENT! The worst that will happen is that you will topple over a few inches and faceplant. Remember, tuck and roll!
- Knees way up on triceps like you’re trying to get them into your armpits
- Elbows squeezed in tightly, think chaturanga arms
- Weight in the palms and grip into fingertips
- TONS of upward lift through the belly, booty and heels
- As you keep pulling everything up and in, work to straighten the arms as much as possible
In the video below I walk you through all the steps to properly getting into crow and also a trick I like to use with a block as a prop to help you get into the correct set position. I have also included two advanced variations for those of you who can easily perform crow – crow to tripod handstand and crow to chaturanga.
Enjoy and let me know if you have any questions!