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Crow Pose


This heat-building arm balancing posture will strengthen your upper body, tone your abdominals, and increase your focus.

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Step By Step

  1. From a standing position, squat down and place your hands shoulder-width distance apart on the floor. Spread your fingers wide and press your finger pads into the floor. Bend your knees wide and place them on your upper triceps near your armpits.
  2. Gaze forward. Begin to shift your body weight forward into your hands and finger pads until you come to the balls of your feet. Lean forward slightly and lift your feet up off the floor as you bring your heals towards your buttocks and your big toes together. Contract your inner thigh and core muscles.
  3. Stay here with bent elbows, or if you feel ready to intensify this posture, then begin to straighten your arms by pressing into your hands and finger pads and contracting your core and inner thighs more.
  4. Stay in the posture for several breaths. Slowly release by lowering back into a squat.
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  • Strengthens arms, wrists, and upper body
  • Tones and strengthens core muscles
  • Lengthens upper back muscles
  • Increases balance, focus, and stamina while preparing you for more challenging arm balances


  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or other wrist injury
  • Shoulder injury
  • Pregnancy (check with your doctor)


  • You can place a pillow on the floor in front of your head if balance is challenging for you
  • You can place your forehead on a block while you practice lifting your feet. Once you lift your feet you can slowly pick your head up off the block and look forward
  • You can try lifting one foot at a time and alternating feet until you build the strength to lift both feet off the ground


Crow Pose stimulates the Root Chakra (Muladhara), Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana), and Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura). This posture helps the practioner feel grounded, strong, connected, and powerful.