Lessons of Crow and Crane


** Check out Patrick’s new book for desk workers at knowledgeworkerssurvivalguide.com ** By themselves, crow (kakasana) and crane (bakasana) aren’t all that exciting. They’re good for wrist strengthening and concentration, but the best thing about these poses is that they teach you where your center of mass is. That’s what this video is all about! http

25 Responses to “Lessons of Crow and Crane”

  1. Gezus10k  on July 19th, 2011

    this is like the Alton Brown of Yoga instruction. You include science, math, and history.

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  2. ClearOutSamskaras  on July 19th, 2011

    I love your video! From what you say, to how you said it to the camera angles. You gave a great, intelligent and down to earth lesson here. Thank you so much man!

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  3. LynxMajic  on July 19th, 2011

    @yogagarden Well I hope you’re right, I can’t wait to try it again but… I don’t think I’m gonna make it. I tried the half handstand (hands on the ground, legs bended at 90° with feet pressing on a wall) but my shoulders just can’t stand it.
    I can do the basic easy crow pose though, not the one with your knees in your armpits.

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  4. yogagarden  on July 19th, 2011

    @LynxMajic Strong but not unusually strong. If you find the sweet spot in handstand the shoulders and back don’t have to work particularly hard. Promise!

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  5. LynxMajic  on July 19th, 2011

    You have to admit for the handstand you need strong shoulder and back muscles

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  6. yogagarden  on July 19th, 2011

    @logichip Knees will feel a bit of pressure. The chafing feeling goes away with practice.

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  7. logichip  on July 19th, 2011

    So I should feel no pressure from the knees at all right? I’ve successfully gone into the pose, but the knees keep chafing and hurting the parts above my arms’ elbows.

    Also, the second variation rocks, although I haven’t been able to move my balance up that high :D .

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  8. Compassion8Renegade  on July 19th, 2011

    love the center of mass explanation – i share this with my beginners all the time. also love how you shared the nerdy diagrams & equations. ;)

    re: arm strength debate -with proper alignment, nearly anything is possible. the arms only need to be strong enough to *support* your weight, not *lift* your weight.

    so yes, technically a bigger body would need stronger arms to support it than a smaller body. more strength is needed for crane or handstand vs crow, which is adequately explained here

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  9. Compassion8Renegade  on July 19th, 2011

    love the center of mass explanation – i share this with my beginners all the time. also love how you shared the nerdy diagrams & equations. ;)

    re: arm strength debate -with proper alignment, nearly anything is possible. the arms only need to be strong enough to *support* your weight, not *lift* your weight.

    so yes, technically a bigger body would need stronger arms to support it than a smaller body. more strength is needed for crane or handstand vs crow, which is adequately explained here

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  10. emado4ever  on July 19th, 2011

    @aznfever24 dude, the yoag theory about strength is deferent from all what we now , for ex try the ashatanga pose from the yoga vew point and you will see the defernt

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  11. spinelet007  on July 19th, 2011

    hot hot hothotototototott

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  12. allkaind  on July 19th, 2011

    Amazing, very well demonstrated!

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  13. aznfever24  on July 19th, 2011

    @itskathylamb Good luck doing it without adequate arm strength/ structure. You may have frail arms, but you are also skinny, which makes it easier to lift for you than for a fat person like myself. I do not learn anything from this video; even though, it is very well done. Daily practice is my magic.

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  14. yogagarden  on July 19th, 2011

    @itskathylamb EXACTLY. It’s not about the arms, I promise!

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  15. itskathylamb  on July 19th, 2011

    @aznfever24 I think balancing is not as intuitive for some people as others. I was finally able to get into this pose after hearing the centre-of-mass tip… and I am a small girl with frail arms.

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  16. cobra2830  on July 19th, 2011

    Best explanation I have had till now. I made it for the first time!!!! Thanks a lot!!!

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  17. cobra2830  on July 19th, 2011

    Best explanation I had till now. I made it for the first time!!!! Thanks a lot!!!

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  18. 308tube  on July 19th, 2011

    ty for the explanation

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  19. MrStartingGun  on July 19th, 2011

    Very nicely explained – not too slow and boring, not too fast to follow. I guess you found the “center of balance” there, too. :) Great vid.

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  20. hadashah34  on July 19th, 2011

    Well put together video! Thanks for the explanation.

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  21. aznfever24  on July 19th, 2011

    @yogagarden oh so handstances do not have anything to do with arm strength…funny yogi…

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  22. yogagarden  on July 19th, 2011

    @aznfever24 Dude, this pose has nothing to do with arm strength!

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  23. aznfever24  on July 19th, 2011

    Instead of posting video talking about mass center or whatever, just be honest and tell the students to practice more and more. Even though a person knows their center of mass, there is no way to do crow without adequate arm strength and muscle.
    Don’t tell me that such thing exists and have a professional yogi who can go from crow to crane without effort to demonstrate it. It would be more convincing if u have a new student with small arms and such to lift their feet off in this pose.

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  24. minglarsen  on July 19th, 2011

    Great instruction and insight…gonna work on it right now =]]

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  25. ilovelux  on July 19th, 2011

    I echo all the previous comments – really well explained! I realized I could do the most simple crow quite easily… am workin on the higher centres of grav… so thanks! Awesome handstand at the end! Lovely voice too ;) haha

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