Tips for Side Crow

(27 Posts)
ZaraW Fri 11-Mar-16 15:19:13

This is one pose I'be never got to grips with. I've watched countless online demos and my teacher has showed me how it should be done but I can't do it. I can do a pretty good crow but when it comes to the side variation forget it, anyone else have the same issues?

CoteDAzur Fri 11-Mar-16 21:09:52

I'm just coming to grips with crow but would be interested to hear any tips for side crow, too.

ZaraW Sat 12-Mar-16 05:22:46

CoteDAzur good luck with Crow. I tried using a block to get my thighs up higher and it was slightly better still a long way to go! It's all part of the journey ....

5hell Sat 12-Mar-16 05:58:17

Well I'm a bit rusty as I'm 37w pregnant, but this is how I do/did it...

SQuat down, feet n knees together, arms extended in front.
swivel torso to one side, tuck opposite elbow into fleshy crease near knee.
Lean over and plant hands on matt...will need to be quite a bit wider than normal crow.
transfer weight to hands (sometimes a bit of momentum is required).
Hopefully feet will leave floor..don't be in a rush to extend legs.
key seems to be finding sweet spot in elbow/knee crease position...it can be v uncomfortable when wrong.

Practice, practice and develop upper body strength...good luck smile

CoteDAzur Sat 12-Mar-16 13:02:10

I have one dodgy wrist, so crow isn't easy for me. Still, I have come a long way and can now stay in crow for about two seconds smile

ZaraW Sat 12-Mar-16 13:46:40

5hell thanks that's a great help. My feet leave the floor but I think I need to tip forward more and also bend the elbows. I'll keep working at it.

I know crow is going to work as it feels right as soon as I get my hands and legs in the correct position hopefully that will be the case with side variation.

CotrDAzur that's great once I worked out placement crow became much easier, have you tried it with a block that extra height really helped me.

cece Sat 12-Mar-16 14:11:29

Have you found any poses which are preparation for side crow - maybe work on those first?

ZaraW Sat 12-Mar-16 14:45:07

Cece thanks yes I found information in yoga journal I have no problem with the prep.

megletthesecond Sat 12-Mar-16 14:47:19

Never tried side crow. I'm weirdly good at crow so I'll have to give it a go. I'll report back from A&E later grin.

CoteDAzur Sat 12-Mar-16 15:29:52

meglett grin

ZaraW Sat 12-Mar-16 15:31:25

Meg LOL good luck hopefully you'll do better than me smile

CoteDAzur Sat 12-Mar-16 15:35:08

How do you suggest I use the block? Under my feet, I assume, to leave from higher ground but that sounds like a good way to land on my nose.

ZaraW Sat 12-Mar-16 15:48:43

Yes it helps getting into the pose easier. Put a cushion in front of you if you fall on your face that happened to me a few times it won't hurt. Check you tube there are some good tutorials.

cece Sat 12-Mar-16 21:13:48

Lots of prep poses here

Using a block to support the head

CoteDAzur Sun 13-Mar-16 09:00:06

Ooh that block under the head looks useful! I can pretty easily go into tripod headstand from my knees on elbows. This should help. Thank you cece smile

ZaraW Sun 13-Mar-16 09:14:24

I managed a bit of a pathetic side crow for a couple of seconds by looking forward , chatarunga arms, using my block for extra height and really tipping forward... Thanks everyone smile

CoteDAzur Sun 13-Mar-16 12:44:17

Photos? smile

CoteDAzur Sun 13-Mar-16 12:45:35

I'm not hopeful, but if any of you have experience with this sort of thing, I would love to have your thoughts.

ZaraW Sun 13-Mar-16 15:12:03

Trust me you don't want to see photos my cat was extremely alarmed after my efforts smile

CoteDAzur Sun 13-Mar-16 17:07:57

Not as alarmed as you will be if I post a picture of my arms (see link) smile

It feels like a good time to post this link again re yoga & cats grin

ZaraW Sun 13-Mar-16 18:01:08

That link is so funny smile

Hopefully you'll get some good advice on modifications.

cece Mon 14-Mar-16 21:03:51

We did a very tricky arm balance this morning in class. I am very much a beginner for it but felt pleased to have got my bottom off of the floor. Unfortunately not my legs though!

think it was this one

CoteDAzur Mon 14-Mar-16 21:59:00

Goodness. Did you actually do that pose cece? shock

5hell Mon 14-Mar-16 22:13:50

Ah astavrkasana (sp! ?) cece ...it's a good'Un when u get it smile
...clamp the legs around your elbow to help lift legs too

cece Mon 14-Mar-16 22:43:37

No here near sadly.

We had to hook one leg over top of arm as close to shoulder a possible. Second leg was straight in front of us. Managed that.

Then hands down on floor. Managed that.

Then lift bottom off the ground. That's as far as I got... well I did overlap legs to the side but then couldn't lift up! LOL Think that one will take some time.

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