Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Kakasana Mean?

Kakasana is the Sanskrit name for a Hatha yoga pose in which the practitioner begins by squatting and placing the palms flat on the ground between the legs and directly under the shoulders. The body's weight is shifted from the feet to the palms until the knees can balance on the backs of the arms above the bent elbows. To achieve good form, the practitioner must keep the fingers wide set, the shoulders down, the chest lifted and the gaze straight ahead.

Kakasana is a Sanskrit term translated as "crow pose" in English. The pronunciation of kakasana is said to imitate a crow's call ("caw-caw" asana).



Yogapedia Explains Kakasana

Kakasana refers to the crow-like appearance of the pose: the arms become the crow's legs and the legs become the crow's wings, capable of flight.

By mimicking the crow, a practitioner experiences a different relationship to gravity and a lightness of being. Concentrating on balancing helps focus the mind on the present moment and prepares one for meditation. The pose also stimulates various chakras: solar plexus, third eye, crown, throat and root.

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