There are different variations of flying poses. Today we are going to talk about Flying Crow Pose. The flying crow pose is also known as Eka Pada Galavasana. It is not a beginner pose, so the practitioners require prior yoga practice and body strength to practice it at an advanced level.
This pose is an excellent exercise for increasing core strength, improving balance and coordination, and opening your hips. You must learn to balance between stability and steadiness of the body; too much of one thing or the other will land you on the ground.
Not everyone can learn this pose in a single attempt. It requires building up your arm strength over time and working on your balance. First, you can start with some basic yoga poses and move towards them once you can comfortably perform them.
The Idea of The Flying Crow Pose
The idea of the flying crow pose is to give you a feeling like you are flying. This pose demands your mental involvement and full focus. You must use your mental capacity to figure out what you need to do more or a little less to gain stability.
You need to use your upper body to provide stability and carry your body weight.
Opening the hips, engaging the core, and balancing your lower body in the air is a symbol of art. This requires your body to be fully engaged, yet you feel light at the same time. Let’s take a peak at five steps needed to complete the flying pose.
Steps: How To Perform A Flying Pose
Before getting into the pose, it’s best to warm up your muscles. You can begin with performing basic level yoga, and after activating your muscles, you can perform the flying cow pose. Stand on your yoga mat and begin lowering while keeping your feet to the shoulder-width apart. Bend your knees but do not arch your back. You will acquire the pose of Utkatasana (Awkward chair). Inhale and exhale a few times.
Now, inhale and bring your hands to your heart as in the position of Anjali Mudra. Then exhale and shift your body weight entirely to your left foot. After this, there is a technical step as it requires you to take off your right foot from the ground. Keep inhaling and exhaling with every step. You can not straighten your legs or touch the right foot on the ground. If you lose your balance, start over.
Exhale out and put your right ankle on your left thigh, just above the knee joint. The position gets trickier from here, so stay focused to maintain your balance and not to fall. Now, gradually bend forward and put your palms flat on the floor. In this way, you will shift your body weight from a single leg to both your arms. Exhale as you fix the toes of your right foot around your left arm. The toes should be tightly hugging the arm.
The next step is to bend your elbow as in Chaturanga arms, then rest your right shin on your arms. While keeping your knees bent, take off your left foot from the ground. Your left foot should not touch the ground during the whole time. Now, straighten your left leg and put more weight forward. Exhale and bend your left foot. Keep breathing throughout the session. Breathe in via the nose and exhale via the mouth while keeping the balance maintained.
Maintain this position for a moment. Start practicing it for a few seconds, and when your master balances your body, you can maintain it for a few minutes depending on your training. To come out of this pose, bring your left foot to the front of your mat in a controlled manner. Now reverse your path by moving back into an awkward chair pose to a standing position. You can do this on the other side of the body.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is This Pose Advanced?
As stated above, the flying crow pose is an advanced level pose that asks for prior body strength and improved balance. The tree pose becomes beneficial if you want to do most standing balancing poses. Therefore, you should be confident in half the lotus variation of the tree pose before you began with the flying crow pose.
What About Breathing?
Breathing is an essential element while performing any exercise. For optimal performance and safety, your engaged muscle must be breathing optimal oxygen. Most people forget to breathe during yoga sessions as they get too much involved in getting their posture correct. If you are not sure how to breathe, practice breathing exercises first to learn the proper technique.
Any Precautions To Note?
Always take extra precautions before starting your yoga sessions. Keep in mind all the medical health issues that you already have and could be triggered through yoga. If you have any past injury that requires you to avoid putting your weight there, wait before it heals properly.
Once you have learned the Flying Crow pose, it is one of the most impressive moves in yoga. The flying crow pose focuses on arm strength, balance improvement, and hip opening. It engages all your upper body, lower body, and core muscles to work effectively to achieve this challenging pose. Another critical factor is to stay focused and aware of your body movement. It will help you to get control over the balance and steadiness required to achieve the final pose.