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Master the crow pose

Master the crow pose
Master the crow pose
Travis Keely

The crow pose is a balance learned in yoga. You can use the pose as your own fitness progress meter. Simply see how long you can hold it the very first time you are able to do the pose. Then time yourself each of the following times to see how long you can maintain the pose. The longer you can hold the pose the better balance and strength you will have. The crow pose helps with over all body balance and strengthens the arms and abdominal muscles. Getting into the crow pose and holding it can be some what of a challenge, though once you have perfected the pose, it is easy as pie.

Before attempting the crow pose, it is best to test that you are strong enough to even try the pose. Start by simply holding yourself in a push-up position. Hold yourself in the up push-up position, then lift one hand off the floor to see if you can hold your own body weight. Once you are satisfied that you can hold your own body weight, it is time to start the set up for the crow pose. There are many different ways to get into the crow pose, but it is always best to start out with the easiest way and go from there.

The crow pose steps:

Step 1: Be sure to be fully stretched out and warmed up.

Step 2: Get on all fours, hands and feet on the floor, with your hands about one foot in front of your feet with knees bent, about shoulder width apart.

Step 3: While your hands and feet are on the floor, lean your body forward slightly. (be careful not to fall forward on your face)

Step 4: Slowly put your knees on the back of your arms (triceps) and lift your feet off the ground.

Step 5: Once you are in the crow pose stay completely still and hold and maintain the pose.

Always check with your doctor before beginning any new diet or exercise regimen to make sure you are medically able to participate. Only your doctor can determine how much exercise is safe for you. Starting an exercise program that is more strenuous than you are ready for can result in injury and serious medical problems.