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.