Bakasana / Crow Pose
As things get a little cooler and slightly more chaotic during this holiday season… keep your core warm and your mind focused by steadily practicing this month’s pose, Bakasana! Crow pose is a great way to strengthen, expand, and increase your ability to remain centered both physically and mentally. By focusing on the alignment, actions, and sensations of this pose, you will be carried into the present moment and lifted up from worrying about the past and grounded away from anticipating the future.
Hopefully these following queues for Bakasana will help you create activating intentions with greater clarity, calm, and power! So that you may access a deeper sense of space and strength within your spine, core, and arms.
Crow pose asks for your hips to be in deep flexion, your low belly to be activated, and your arms to be sturdy; therefore, practicing these postures before you enter into Bakasana will appropriately awaken and ready your body for what’s to come.
Soften your hips and spine into flexion by breathing deeply into your lower abdomen and lower back while in child’s pose.
Awaken the muscles of your abdomen, arms, and hip flexors with these two effective core poses.
Cultivate steadiness of mind by meditating in Malasana before heading into your Bakasana balancing practice.
Now dive into a Bakasana practice that makes the most sense for wherever your body and mind may be at during this time of your life! Remember to stay rooted in the present by activating clear intentions that will help you resist the urge to focus solely on judging the outcomes of your practice!
Variations with Block
May you feel empowered to practice at your own pace and in your way this holiday season!
Best of health and harmony.
Our bodies are expressions of where we’ve come from (what we’ve been through) and where we are striving to move towards; therefore, all bodies and expressions will look drastically different from one another regardless of how similarly we place our bones and engage our muscles. It is not so much about the aesthetics of the form as it is about the sensations of flow that we are attempting to cultivate within these postures. Therefore these images that proceed are not intended to create an ‘ideal’ of what your practice should or should not look like, instead these images are intentionally being used as a means to communicate abstract ideas about anatomy via a more relatable format so that you may be guided into your exploration of this posture verbally as well as visually.