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Crane Pose, Bakasana

By Yoga Lily 5 years ago
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Crane Pose, Bakasana: Yoga Arm Balances

Bakasana – This arm balance posture, the whole weight of the body rests on the hands. This strengthens the wrists, arms, shoulders and abdominal muscles. It requires concentration and, in helping us conquer the fear of falling forward, builds confidence in other areas of our life.

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1. Stand in mountain pose. Squat down and place the hands flat on the floor, shoulder width apart, and about 25 cm in front of the feet with the middle fingers pointing forward. With feet close together come onto tiptoes, widen the knees and bend the elbows. Lift the heels higher and bring your weight forward to place the knees on the upper arms as close to the armpits as possible. Continue to press the knees against the upper arms.

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2. Slowly lean forward, transferring the body weight from the feet to the hands. Trust in the support of your arms as you let your face move forward. Once the weight is on the hands, lift the feet up and straighten the arms as much has possible. Keep the feet together. To develop the wrist muscles and protect their wrists, ‘claw’ the ground with the fingertips. This is Crane Pose. Stay here for 5 to 10 breaths. Keep your concentration as you come out of the posture. Slowly bend the elbows, bring the feet back to the floor, and stand up.

FOR ADVANCE PRACTITIONERS
3. From Crane Pose, advanced yoga practitioners can bend the elbows more and straighten one leg back in the air to ‘One Legged Crow Pose’. Stay in this position for a few seconds, bend the raised leg back into Crane Pose position and then repeat on the other side.

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Tips

Gaze: Tip of nose

Counter Poses: Hero Pose, Camel Pose, Wrist Releases

Lighten:

  • Practice transferring weight back and forth from toes to palms.
  • Do not straighten the arms, but learn first to balance with bent elbows.

Effect: Strengthening

 

Crane Pose, Bakasana Counter Poses

Camel Pose

Camel Pose

 

hero-pose

Hero Pose

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Lily is an experienced certified yoga teacher, she teaches the traditional, relaxing and invigorating Yoga as practiced in Asia for thousands of years; it is a little more holistic in nature, meaning, it covers not just the physical aspects of yogic practice (like asanas or poses, mudras or locks), but also the breathing, meditation, mindfulness and restorative techniques sometimes lacking in the modern practice. Yoga is part of who she is, from practicing yoga in the parks of China as a child, to graduating from YogiYoga(China) Institute in 2007, Lily has loved helping and inspiring people ever since. You can help balance your mind and body to give a sense of wholeness and great happiness.