Crow Pose or Crow Pose
Anne Lise Doidy
CROW POSE (Kakasana in Sanskrit)
- Start by sitting in a squat: heels together, knees apart, arms stretched forward with hands on the floor (at shoulder width)
- Raise the pelvis while bending your elbows as in the Chaturanga posture (the elbows are then above your wrists)
- Gently place your knees on your arms at the level of your armpits
- Start by rocking slightly back and forth (without lifting your feet), in order to familiarize yourself and take the time to refocus. Don't rush and enjoy every step!
- Little by little, the more you shift your weight forward, the more you will be able to take off one foot, then the second
- Push up on your hands and engage your belly well so that you can lift yourself more and maybe even find some lightness and stability
- Look at the ground but straight ahead. Show your body the direction: if you look at the ground between your hands, then you risk losing your balance and falling. Look straight ahead and stay focused on your breathing. Breathe deeply. Your mind and body work together, allowing you to find balance and fly!
Often what holds us back the most is the fear of falling. In fact, we do not dare to go far enough forward, preventing us from holding this posture. If this is the case, you can for example put a pillow or a blanket in front of you a few centimeters.
You can also start by practicing by placing your feet on a large book or block to already give you some height and make it easier to discover your balance!
Breathe deeply but above all have fun!
Once finished, stay in child's pose for a while :)
For preparing :
Be well warmed up for this posture and favor, for example, flows centered on abdominal and arm strengthening.
- Strengthens the upper back, arms, wrists and abs
- Ideal for concentration, balance and coordination development
Associated Chakra :
The chakra often associated with this posture is the 3rd chakra, “Manipura” (“Mani”: “Jewel, jewel” and “Pura”: “Place, city”).
Represented by the element of fire, this energy center is found in the area of the solar plexus. It is associated with vitality, self-confidence, the will (for example to go after one's projects) and clarity.
Nothing like working on the Kakasana posture to activate this third chakra and regain self-confidence!