If you had a fun time practicing the arm-balancing pose Side Crow, then you're going to love this next pose called Straight Legs Crow. It's a little bit more challenging since it requires strength, balance, and flexibility, but once you nail it, you'll feel amazing.
|Sanskrit Name: Koundinyasana A or Dwi Pada Koundinyasana|
English Translation: Two-Legged Sage Pose
Also Called: Straight Legs Side Crow
To learn how to get into this acrobatic-looking pose
- Begin squatting down on your mat with your knees and feet together. Rotate your torso to the left and place both palms flat on the ground, shoulder width apart. They should be perpendicular to your thighs.
- Spread your fingers as wide as you can and begin to shift to the left, putting some of your weight into your hands. Your outer left knee is going to rest on your right elbow and your outer left thigh (close to your hip) is going to rest on your left elbow. Think of your arms as the legs of a table, and your left thigh is the tabletop.
- Try to keep your knees together as you shift all your weight into your hands and slowly lift your feet off the floor.
- It's OK if you lose your balance and fall over. Just keep trying until eventually you can hold this pose for five even breaths.
- Then bend your knees and lower your feet back to the floor. Rotate your torso over to the right, place your palms on the ground, and try this pose on the right side.