Side Crow Pose

Parsva bakasana

What is Side Crow Pose?

Side crow pose, or parsva bakasana in Sanskrit, is an arm balance and variation on crow pose. Here, the practitioner's body is nearly parallel to the ground, knees stacked and feet hovering above the ground. The pose builds strength and confidence.


  • Begin in a squat with the feet together.
  • Exhale and twist to the left. Place the palms on the floor to the left side of the body, about shoulder distance wide.
  • Raise the buttocks, rest the left buttock on the back of the left arm, and bend the arms deeply.
  • Tip forward and lift the feet from the floor. Use core strength to balance on the hands.
  • Breathe while holding the pose.
  • Exhale and lower. Change sides.


  • Avoid if there is wrist, arm or shoulder injury.

Benefits of Side Crow Pose

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

Side Crow Pose Details
Sanskrit Name: Parsva bakasana
Pronunciation: parsh-vah BAH-KAH-sah-nah
Pose Level: Intermediate
Drishti: Parshva (Side)
Pose Type: Arm Balances, Balancing, Core, Strength, Twists

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