Did you know there is a difference between crow pose and crane pose? If you have been confused, you are not alone. There is certainly some confusion between crow pose (Kakasana) and crane pose (Bakasana).
It is super common that bakasana will be used to call out the pose in a class no matter which option/variation the students choose. So common that many students have never herd of the term kakasana. It is not that teachers have been trying to mislead you, it is simply easier in many cases to use the more recognizable term. Kakasana, the crow pose is really a preparation and bent elbow version of bakasana, the crane pose. Most students actually practice kakasana, the crow, since they are not quite ready to fully straighten the arms for bakasana.
Bakasana, the crane, requires far greater strength in the triceps to straighten the arms at the elbows. Bakasana, also needs increased strength in the core, the hip flexors, inner thighs, wrists, fingers, and shoulders. In addition to the power the body needs, both kakasana and bakasana need flexibility in the muscles of the back, the glutes, and mobility in the wrists flexors.
Both kakasana (crow pose) and bakasana (crane pose) are in the category of arm balance aka hand balancing. The torso shape remains compact as the weight of the body shifts to bring the center of gravity over the hands.
These poses are not for students with acute injuries to the wrists and shoulders.
How to do Crow Pose/ Crane Pose
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