Mastering Crow Pose – A Closer Look At How To Do Bakasana

by tinareale on October 21, 2014

Last week’s yoga video featured a 20 minute yoga practice building up into crow pose. It turns out Bakasana is a pose many of you are either working on, wanting to learn, or hoping to improve. Awesome!!!! I tried to give as much instruction as possible to help get you flying into crow during last week’s video, but it’s hard to completely break down a pose during a full practice video. No worries, though! I got you covered with a detailed image and a quick instructional video below to really take a closer look at Bakasana – Crow Pose. Time to fly!

How To Do Crow Pose
PIN NOW and practice later!

*This pose is not recommended if you have wrist or shoulder injuries. Always practice mindfully, staying within a pain free range of motion and not forcing anything in any pose. Stay safe!

Related: 20 Minute Yoga Practice To Get You Into Crow
Let’s Chat: What pose would love to see in an upcoming TRY video tutorial?


1 Linz @ Itz Linz October 21, 2014 at 7:00 am

i need to get back into yoga in a bad way! your graphic looks fantastic!

2 tinareale October 22, 2014 at 6:29 am

Thanks! It’s pretty fun to create. :)

3 Lora October 21, 2014 at 7:15 am

Crow pose is always one of my favorites! :)

4 tinareale October 22, 2014 at 6:29 am

Me too. I love arm balances. :)

5 Madeline @ Food Fitness and Family October 21, 2014 at 8:49 am

I’ev always struggled with crow so this is awesome!

6 tinareale October 22, 2014 at 6:30 am

Let me know if you try any of the tips or the videos and how they help (or if they don’t). You’re strong so I have no doubt you can get yourself flying strong. :)

7 Katie M October 21, 2014 at 10:52 pm

Tina, I’d love to see you discuss: reverse warrior (some of my teachers have cued it differently, and I’m not sure I am doing it as intended), half moon pose (some of my instructors ask us to try to lift our bottom hand from the floor and balance…while others ask that we keep our bottom hand on the ground…why the difference?), and forearm stand (I’ve been trying to gain more balance and hang time in my forearm stand, and I was so excited to read about your success in this posture a few posts ago).

8 tinareale October 22, 2014 at 6:34 am

Thank you Katie for the requests!!! I did a short video on how to do reverse warrior that you can find on my YouTube – – but may redo a post with it at some point with the how to graphic. I’ll have half moon coming at you next week! And will keep forearm stand on the list too.

9 Patty @ Reach Your Peak October 29, 2014 at 10:37 pm

I keep trying to nail crow pose and am not very good at it. For some reason my left hip flexor always cramps up. Any idea why?? I tried putting a block in front of my head too but for some reason I just cant get into it!

10 Tina Reale Yoga October 30, 2014 at 6:21 am

That happens to me on the right side in boat pose. I find that it’s because my psoas is tight (from sitting and even from an imbalance that started back when I ran a lot…crazy, huh?!). I try to make sure my weight is balanced and I’m not putting too much energy into my stronger (tighter) side. You could try getting in to the pose by going in with a block under your feet. Have your hands on your mat, feet on the block to help give you a little height to get the knees further up the legs without having to use so much of the hip flexors to bring the knees up that high. Follow the other tips of hugging elbows in, engaging the core, gazing forward with a lift in the chest to start playing with lifting the feet up off the block. You can still have a block or blanket for underneath your head too if needed. Hope that helps! :)

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