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|Bakasana Crane Yoga Pose|
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Bakasana ((bahk-AHS-anna) is a yoga pose that focuses on balance and uses predominately the wrists. By doing this Asana, your back becomes stretched in its entire length. With that, your arms, joints and shoulders are strengthened and you develop your sense of balance, coordination and concentration.
Bakasana is a great posture to introduce arm balances. The other is Astavakrasana.
History of the Bakasana Pose
The pose is derived from the sanskrit word baka = crane. Hence, this posture is better known as “The crane posture”.
Bakasana Pose Technique
Bakasana Pose Tips
Look at one point. It is always easier to maintain balance when the gaze is fixed.
Beginners tend to move into this pose by lifting their buttocks high away from their heels. In Bakasana try to keep yourself tucked tight, with the heels and buttocks close together.
When you are ready to take the feet off the floor, push the upper arms against the shins and draw your inner groins deep into the pelvis to help you with the lift.
Bakasana Pose Variations
The most accessible variation of Bakasana is a twist: Parsva Bakasana (pronounced PARSH-vah, parsva = side or flank).
The harder version of this posture is performed with the arms straight. In the harder version there is a slight tilt forward. This compresses the front of the wrists. For this reason many practitioners curl the finger slightly and engage many of the muscles in the forearms and wrists. This creates a little extra lift which reduces the compression on them. In the easier version the weights force is distributed more freely over the wrists.
Bakasana Pose Benefits
Bakasana is considered to be an intermediate to advanced pose. Do not perform this pose without sufficient prior experience or unless you have the supervision of an experienced teacher.
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