Side Crow or Side Crane Pose is a variation of Crow (also known as Crane) including a twist and a subsequent shift of the center of gravity. While Crow Pose can be considered a fairly accessible arm balance, Side Crow takes it to a different level and requires a lot more skill and coordination.
Benefits and Contraindications
Strengthens the shoulders, arms, wrists, and spine
Massages the abdominal organs and improves digestion
Improves spinal flexibility
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Wrist, shoulder, or low back injuries
Photo poses in different angles
Modifications, Props & Tips
While eventually you’ll want to support your legs solely on your right upper arm (the one closest to the front edge of your mat), at first you might find it more accessible to rest your left hip on your left upper arm, but take special care that your left shoulder doesn’t drop down. Stay broad through your chest and collarbones.
- Straighten both legs while in the pose.
- Try balancing on only one arm by placing your right hip on the back of your left arm.