Believe You Can Fly

It's not just any arm balance. Bakasana (Crow Pose), often referred to as the gateway #yoga pose to all arm balances, gave me the courage to take flight, and it can help you, too.

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Learning how to balance on your hands in Bakasana (Crow Pose) brings up fear—fear of falling, fear of failing and fear of the unknown. I know it did for me. For years, I didn't think I could, so I didn't.

After becoming familiar with modifications, one afternoon during an at-home yoga practice, I entered the pose as I normally did with my tip toes still touching the ground. I raised my left foot, then my right, and propelled just enough weight forward that within seconds, I was flying, and it was fun! I was hooked.

Get ready for a fun flight with Bakasana (Crow Pose).

Getting in the groove with Crow Pose completely shifted my mindset on what is possible on and off the mat. It allowed me to become more curious with other arm balance poses, such as Parsva Bakasana (Side Crow Pose), Baby Grasshopper Pose and Mayurasana (Peacock Pose).

I also noticed that practicing arm balances brought an adventurous spirit of courage in other areas of my life as a #workingmama. I planned spontaneous date nights to new destinations with my family and I began to express my authentic voice more regularly.

It took years of practice to build up the courage and strength to allow my hands to become my feet in this pose, and that's just it. Yoga is a practice, and you have your entire life to try and try again.

I finally believed I could, so I did.

Practice It: Crow Pose

  • Begin in Malasana (Garland Pose) with your feet wider than your hips and your toes pointing outward and heels pointing inward.

  • Root your hands into the ground, shoulder-distance apart, and spread your fingers.

  • Bring your hips toward the sky and come to your tip toes.

  • Create a shelf for your knees by bending your elbows and snuggling the inside of your knees to the outsides of your arms above your elbows.

  • Shift your weight forward into your hands and look ahead. Practice taking one foot off the ground at a time. You can also place a yoga block under your feet and/or on the ground in front of you for support.

  • If you're ready to fly, lift both feet off the ground and take a few deep breaths.

  • Gently release by rooting your feet into the ground, returning to Garland Pose.

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