Bakasana and kakasana (baka=crane kaka=crow asana=pose)

Both require strength and focus and the ability to trust. The initial approach to this asanas is often one of trepidation. Just like a baby bird that has all of the tools for flight, but doubts their strength and ability, Bakasana and kakasana can often bring up doubts and fears. They are balancing asanas.

Two different asanas that look so similar.

Bakasana (crane pose) requires your knees to be tucked, wedged high up into the underarms. The arms are straight. The core is engaged; your hips are lifted as high as possible, and there is a slight rounding in the back.

Kakasana (crow pose) does not require the knee-into-underarm tuck. The arms are bent in a 90-degree angle (like chaturanga arms) the shins rest on your upper arms. Engage the core (especially the lower part) to prepare for flight!

So now you know—it’s not in the feet, it’s not in the gaze-point, and it’s not in the hand placement. It’s all in the arms—straight in bakasana, bent in kakasana.

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