How to Series: Bakasana–Crow Pose
When I teach crow pose in my kids classes, the young ones get so excited and love trying the crazy looking arm balance. When I teach crow pose in my adult classes, it seems half of my students look at me with an expression like, “Yeah right, are you kidding me? I can’t do that!”.
I wonder when we lose our sense of adventure and stop trusting our bodies. As young kids, we weren’t afraid of falling, our light, open attitude allowed us to lift up effortlessly in arm balances or jump on skis and bomb down a mountain. Of course there were many times we fell; and I certainly have some scars to show how eager I was to fly as a kid. When I was about eight years old, I jumped off our second story balcony deck and missed the trampoline below. I ended up in the hospital with a concussion!
Thank goodness falling out of crow isn’t going to give us major brain damage or knock us out. I even tell my students to put a pillow or blanket in front of them as a crash pad in case they are super afraid of falling forward. The reality is, though, if we don’t learn to fall on our sticky mats, we limit ourselves from falling in life. If we don’t fall down, we can’t learn what it takes to keep ourselves up.
When you practice crow you’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how good you are at keeping yourself afloat. It just takes a little courage and engaging the right muscles, mainly your core and inner thighs. Warm up with some sun salutations that involve a lot of hip openers and incorporate pigeon on both sides. Then come in to a squat and practice taking flight in crow. Trust in yourself again and always.
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is currently teaching yoga with Peloton. She is the star of over 100 videos, seen in several magazines and tv shows and is a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!