Crane Pose

Last Updated: October 12, 2018

Definition - What does Crane Pose mean?

Crane pose is an arm balance asana in yoga. The practitioner can begin either in crow pose or, for a more advanced transition, in a head stand. From crow pose, the practitioner straightens the arms to imitate the longer legs of the crane. From a head stand, the practitioner lowers the legs and redistributes the weight of the body until the bent knees are near the arm pits and the buttocks are lifted.

Crane pose is also called bakasana in Sanskrit.

Crane Pose

Yogapedia explains Crane Pose

While crane pose and crow pose are often used interchangeably, they are slightly different poses. As described above, the arms are bent in crow pose, but straightened in crane pose.

Crane pose provides the following physical and mental benefits:

  • Improves balance
  • Strengthens arms, wrists and core
  • Stretches upper back
  • Increases the flexibility of the spine
  • Opens the groin region
  • Aids in digestion
  • Fosters tranquility
  • Improves concentration

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