All those arm balances in yoga can be intimidating, but yogi Tara Stiles is here to help you find the fun in Crow pose. Watch this video to learn Tara's tips for mastering this balancing pose. Then grab your mat and give Crow a try.
No doubt about it, Crow pose is a challenge, but definitely one you can master. If conquering Crow is on your yoga agenda, here are some tips to get you balancing on your hands.
Another Round of Push-Ups
Arm balances like Crow are all about upper body strength. You can strengthen your arms and shoulders with all the vinyasas you do in class, but if you're itching to do Crow, do upper body work outside of yoga class. Push-ups are essential, so try all these variations. You can also use dumbbells or your own body weight and do these arm-strengthening moves. Not only will your upper body become stronger to hold yourself up in Crow, but you'll also feel confident baring your arms, just in time for tank top and bathing suit season.
Crunch Your Core
Aside from a toned upper body, a strong core is also a must. Practice these poses to target your tummy and back muscles. Skip the crunches, and work your core while strengthening your arms with the Up-Down Plank, one of my faves.
Continue reading for more tips on mastering Crow pose.
Did you all have fun practicing Tripod Balance Pose as much as I did? I hope so.
I read your comments and was planning on making this week's challenge Tripod Headstand, but colormesticky gave me a much more exciting idea.
This week's Yoga Challenge is Crow Pose. I love it because it really works your arms and core. It can hurt your wrists, so try to press into your fingertips instead of the heels of your palms.
Get your cameras ready people. Send those pictures in to Fitsugar's Yoga Challenge Group called It's a STRETCH: Fit's Yoga Challenge.
Click on "Post Content to the Group" on the left-hand side. Then click on "Blog." To add your picture, just click "Add image." Then click "Submit."
Here we go:
- For a real challenge, begin this pose in Tripod Balance Pose.
- Very S-L-O-W-L-Y (did I say slowly?) lift your head up off the ground - in order for this to happen, you need to shift some (NOT all) of your weight into your hips and feet.
- Now the trick here is to know just how much weight to shift so that you can lift your head, but still stay balanced.
- Once you're up there balancing on your hands, try to bring your feet together.
That's it - can't wait to see your pics. This pose took me a little while to get because I think my butt weighs more than my head - Could that be? Nah.