"Kaka" means crow (a large black bird with a loud cry). The body in this yoga pose resembles that of a bird, thus the names, crow.
The yoga pose crow is a moderate inverted, balancing yoga pose. This yoga pose helps in building strength in the upper extremities (arms, forearms, elbow joints, hands and wrists) of body. The crow pose requires courage (to risk falling on your nose) and hip flexibility (to bring the thighs alongside the chest).
The crow is one of the yoga poses that actually looks a lot harder than it really is and it requires much more coordination, concentration and awareness than the muscular strength in the upper arms.
As you hold this yoga pose the chest is immobilized so that you can only breathe abdominally.
The crow pose increases both physical and mental balance, concentration and tranquillity. It balances the nervous system, brings lightness to the body and prepares the mind for meditation.
Although the crow pose gives us many benefits for the mind and the body, in some health conditions this pose is not safe to be performed.
Three situations when yoga pose crow can be dangerous:
1) if someone has a carpal tunnel syndrome (a lot of pain and weakness in the fingers and wrists), it may aggravate the problem.
2) In pregnancy do not attempt this pose.
3) If you have high blood pressure, it is better to avoid this yoga pose.
Caution: Always check with your doctor if you have any doubts or concerns regarding the suitability of this yoga pose for you.
Issued in the interest of people practicing Hatha yoga by Celebrity yoga trainer Subodh Gupta.
Subodh Gupta is based in London (UK) and conducts yoga, weight loss, nutrition and stress counselling sessions for number of celebrities.
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Subodh Gupta is the author of numerous books on yoga, weight loss and stress management. He has been interviewed by various TV channels and his views and articles appear regularly in magazines and newspapers in India and the UK.