Asana / Kakasana, the Crow

As well as increasing the balance, Kakasana greatly strengthens the wrists and arms. Today we follow the indications of the book Sivananda Yoga, beginner's Guide. Done: Raul Torres, Professor of the school international of Yoga. Photos: Thor Castro.


The name of this position depends on the school or lineage: Kakasana, Crow, or Bakasana, the crane. Dharma Mittra distinguishes them by the position of the arms: Kakasana with arms folded (as Crow's shorter legs) and Bakasana with straight arms (such as the longer legs of a crane).

  1. Sit down squatting with your feet slightly apart, knees bent and hands resting on the mat, in front of you.
  2. Keeping your hands flat on the floor and separate fingers, flexing the upper half of the arms slightly out to the sides, below the knees. Keep them forearms separated, forming an angle of approximately 90 ° and creating a small platform above them elbows so the knees can support is.
  3. Rise on the toes, look slightly up and lean forward slowly, shifting more weight towards the hands and arms.
  4. Inhaled deeply and, if you feel comfortable, continues tilting you towards front until them feet is peel off of the floor and keep the balance with the hands. Breathe slowly and rhythmically, and keep the balance by focusing on a point facing you, on the wall or on the horizon.

Finally, move you towards back, returns to support the feet and rests, and relax you in the posture of the child.

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By • 28 May, 2013 • section: Asanas, Practice