June Pose of the Month
Bak (Crane) asana (Pose)
Level: 1 - Beginners advancing to intermediate
Bakasana is often referred to as Crow Pose but really is called Crane Pose, the difference is Crow has bent elbows and Crane is with straight arms. Crow is one of the first arm balances that a yogi will encounter and it sets the foundation for many other arm balances. This is a great pose because it is accessible, you can do all of the actions required without lifting your feet off the floor.
There is a real sense of adventure with this pose, the idea of standing on our hands can sometimes seem quite alien to a lot of people or even totally out of reach for others but there is this underlying sense of curiosity and wonder; the possibility of just maybe I can do it or I can at least try.
ENERGETIC AND EMOTIONAL BENEFITS
Improves mental focus and sense of calm
Strengthens the sacral (2nd) chakra - therefore with practice and time it can help us to connect to our feelings, emotions and creative energy
Strengthens the wrists, arms and shoulders
Strengthens inner thighs, abdominals and core
Stretches the upper back
Opens the groin and tones the abdominals
CAN BE THERAPEUTIC FOR:
CAUTIONS AND CONTRAINDICATIONS
Slip or bulging disc
Wrist or shoulder injury
HINTS AND TIPS
Place a cushion under your face as fear can be a big factor in not going as far as you need to.
Lift one foot at a time and get used to more weight being on your hands
Rather than thinking "lifting up into it", think "lean into it"
Think chaturanga arms
Practice plank and chaturanga to build strength
Look forward - your head helps to counterbalance the weight of your hips