Occasionally the terms "crow pose" and "crane pose" are used interchangeably and considered one and the same. In fact, while one can enter crane pose by way of the crow pose, crane pose is a deeper, more challenging posture. To transition from crow pose to crane pose, the practitioner straightens the arms so the knees no longer balance on the bent elbows.
Crow pose provides the following physical and mental benefits:
- Improves balance
- Strengthens arms, wrists and core
- Stretches upper back
- Aids in digestion
- Fosters tranquility
- Improves concentration