posted on April 26, 2017
We all know that incorporating yoga into your daily workout routine can build strength, stamina, flexibility, balance and, of course, all those feel good vibes. Balancing your entire body on your hands though, that’s just pure insanity, amiright?!?!
Well, YES! Inverting yourself has an insanely cool way of bringing a new perspective to your life. It allows you to see things from a vantage point that we haven’t really used since we were wee pups throwing ourself upside down on the couch, swings, our parents laps, etc. Arm balances are about channelling your inner carefree child again with the added bonus of creating strength.
Don’t believe us? Try crow pose today and let us know how it made you feel!
How to Master Crow Pose:
Warm up!! (Not sure how to warm up? See our blog post here for an easy flow.) Be sure to also fully warm up your shoulders, spine & back, as well as your abdominals.
From a standing position, squat down and place your hands flat on your mat, keeping your hands underneath your shoulders and feet underneath your hips.
Lift your hips up to the ceiling and rest your knees on the back of your triceps, keeping your toes secure to the ground.
Slowly shift your weight forward to your fingertips, float your toes off the ground and squeeze your legs together.
Modifications for Mastering Crow Pose:
Try baby crow. (Same as above, except come down to your forearms instant of your palms.)
Only float one foot at a time.
A block can be placed underneath your feet to lift your knees higher.
Two blocks can be placed underneath your hands to get your hips higher.
A block can be placed underneath your head if you’re afraid of falling forward.
The most important part of this whole thing? Take your time! Mastering Crow pose is a journey. Enjoy the ride.
For more fun yogic adventures come to Vinyasa Flow! Monday’s at 6pm and Thursday’s at 6:45am!