Side Crow Pose

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Side Crow Pose Mean?

Side crow pose, also referred to as side crane pose, is an arm balancing posture that greatly improves balance and builds arm strength. As an advanced version of crow pose, side crow pose can be more demanding, but it can be more rewarding as well.

To perform side crow pose, squat with the thighs parallel to the ground. Twist the upper body to the left until the right elbow can be placed on the outer thigh of the left leg. Place the palms on the floor, shoulder-distance apart. Bend the elbows until the upper arms are parallel to the ground. Stack the left thigh on top of the right upper arm so the right thigh is over the left thigh as the feet lift off the ground. These steps are then repeated on the opposite side.

Side crow pose is also known as parsva bakasana in Sanskrit.


Yogapedia Explains Side Crow Pose

In addition to greatly strengthening the arms and improving the practitioner's balance, side crow pose offers a wide range of health benefits. Some of those benefits include:

  • Strengthens the wrists and arms
  • Tones abdominal muscles
  • Promotes physical and mental coordination
  • Improves core strength
  • Stretches the spine
  • Improves concentration

Beginners may not be able to hold this pose very long. They can start by holding it for just a few seconds then slowly build up the endurance to hold it for longer periods of time.

Those with injury in the wrists, arms and shoulders should refrain from practicing side crow pose. Pregnant women should also avoid performing the pose.

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