Kakasana | Kraai Houding | Crow Pose

  • Strengthens wrists, arms, shoulders & core muscles

  • Stretches upper back

  • Improves balance, focus & concentration

 

Contra-indications
  • Wrist, elbow and shoulder injuries

GETTING INTO THE POSE
  • From malasana place the hands shoulder-width apart with fingers spread on the mat in front of you.

  • Bring the weight forward in your hands, raise the hips and place the knees as high as possible on your triceps, toward your armpits. You should already feel that your core muscles are active.

  • With your thighs against your chest, bring the weight further forward until you can gently lift your feet off the mat and balance on your hands. Push into the mat.

  • Big toes together. Try to get the heels as close to the buttocks as possible.

  • Push the shoulders away from the ears.

  • Arms are bended.

  • Gaze slightly forward.

BREATH
  • Inhale: lengthen between the shoulder blades.

  • Exhale: bring the heels closer to the buttocks.

GETTING OUT OF THE POSE
  • Exhale: bring the weight back and gently put the feet back on the mat and come back into malasana.

 

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PREPARATORY POSES
SUBSEQUENT POSES
  • Bakasana | Crane pose

  • Eka pada bakasana | flying crow pose

  • Parsva bakasana | side crow pose

REPLACEMENT POSES
  • Malasana | yogi squat