While bakasana is often applied to both crane pose and crow pose, it refers solely to crane pose. As described above, the arms are bent in kakasana (crow pose) but straight in bakasana (crane pose). In straightening the arms, the practitioner mimics the crane's long, graceful legs and regal stillness.
Bakasana can provide the following spiritual benefits:
- Relieves depression
- Encourages mindfulness and introspection
- Prepares the mind for meditation
- Stimulates various chakras (solar plexus, third eye, crown, throat and root)