Crow pose is often one of the first arm balance poses that a yoga student is introduced to and it's a fun one. One which you are forever working on improving, because there is always room for improvement right?!
I remember when I first started attending regular yoga classes one of the first ones I attended was a Sunday morning one. The teacher invited everyone to play with their crow pose and I was there thinking - 'how the hell will I ever have the strength to do this pose?' I was baffled. However, little by little I was able to work up to this pose.
I think it is a pose which is very accessible to everyone. It's not so much about arm strength and is so much more about core. (Isn't everything!).
Yoga tips for crow pose
- Lift up through the core (think corset! Draw everything to the centre). Try not to rest on the arms.
- Lift the feet upwards towards the sit bones. Ideally your feet should almost touch the sit bones, but I'm still working on that!
- Gaze forwards not behind, find your dristi, which should be ahead of you but still on the floor.
- Toes spread and engaged.
- Knees as far up the arms as you can get them.
- Fingers spread and 'gripping' the mat.
- Beginner tip - put your feet onto blocks. Then slowly lift up one foot and then the other from there.
This pose helps to strengthen the arms, wrists and core.