How To Do Side Crow

by | Jun 13, 2015 | how to, how to do crow pose, sequences, side crow, tutorial, yoga, yoga pose

  1. Home
  2.  » 
  3. how to
  4.  » How To Do Side Crow

    SIGN UP FOR MY **FREE** 7 DAY “HIPS DON’T LIE” PROGRAM TO IMPROVE HIP FLEXIBILITY!   

 Side Crow, or Parsva Bakasana,  is usually the next pose students learn after Crow Pose. It requires a lot of core engagement in the obliques as well as a strong upper body. If you’re ready to learn this powerful arm balance, here’s how to do it.

1. Chair Twist

Start in chair pose with your big toes touching, knees bent and the weight in the heels. As you exhale find a twist by bringing your right elbow over the top of your left thigh. Keep your knees together and don’t let the right knee slide past the left. Maintain a deep opening in the chest.
2. Side Crow Prep
From your twist, place your palms on the mat shoulder width distance apart. Bend your elbows a little bit like you would in chaturanga. Engage the pectorals by hugging the arms in, drop the hips very low and lift the heels off the ground. Lean your chest forward and start applying more pressure in the palms.
3. Side Crow
Keep looking forward and reaching with your heart as you transfer as much weight as you can in the fingertips and knuckles. Your left thigh (top of the knee) will be resting on your right elbow. Some people create a shelf with both elbows to support both the hip and the thigh, this is a good method for beginners as it requires less core strength. Keep leaning and engaging the abdominals as you lift the toes and feet off the ground. Hold for a few breaths.

4. Scissor Side Crow

If you’re feeling good here and would like to play around a bit more, start extending the legs. This requires more balance and core strength so move slowly and mindfully. Your right leg will reach up and back while your left leg extends straight out. Try not to collapse in the chest, Keep the elbows over the palms and breathe.
Voila! There you have it, that’s side crow!

As always with arm balances or any other challenging postures, be kind and compassionate towards yourself and don’t worry if it doesn’t work right away. This practice is an evolution and you want to enjoy the journey every step of the way.

Please share this post with your friends and let me know if you have any questions 🙂

xx

Kassandra

☮ Website: http://www.yogawithkassandra.com
☮ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kryoga
☮ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yoga_with_kassandra



Yoga with Kassandra – Disclaimer
Please consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program. By participating in this exercise or exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself, and agree to release and discharge Yoga with Kassandra from any and all claims or causes of action, known or unknown, arising out of Yoga with Kassandra’s negligence.

ABOUT ME

Welcome to my blog, where I share with you with my passion for yoga and wellness. This is a collection of classes, pose tutorials, personal blog entries, delicious recipes, fashion and lifestyle. For full length yoga classes, visit my website at www.yogawithkassandra.com ,  click here →

7 FREE & FULL LENGTH YIN YOGA CLASSES – CLICK IMAGE TO START

#1 ONLINE YIN & VINYASA YOGA CLASSES

RECENT POSTS

Head to Toe Release

Head to Toe Release

It's time for a gentle morning stretch that will help you wake up and get moving feeling good. Let's work through these 7 poses together to release the full body, starting from the top and working down. No props needed and these poses are all beginner friendly. 1....

Set Your Intentions This New Moon

Set Your Intentions This New Moon

The new moon is a great time to take a pause, to do less, and to look forward to new beginnings by setting intentions. The passive long holds of yin are a great opportunity to do just that. Here's 6 poses you can hold for 2 minutes each (side). While you work through...

Mobility Moves for a Sweet Release

Mobility Moves for a Sweet Release

Ready to mix up some moves on your mat to increase your overall mobility and flexibility? Give these a go for an overall feel good feeling from head to toe. No props are necessary for these but if you like to support your practice with props, feel free to have a...