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Pose of the Week: Bakasana

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Name Translation

Baka=crane though commonly translated as crow


Strengthens the arms and abs

What Is Needed To Do the Full Pose

Bakasana is a great beginner arm balance because a simple version with bent arms can be done by most people with average strength and flexibility. All that is needed is the right leverage and a little bit of faith.

Pre requisite Poses



Shanna Small has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga and studying the Yoga Sutras since 2001. She has studied in Mysore with Sharath Jois and is the Director of AYS Charlotte, a school for traditional Ashtanga in Charlotte NC. She has written for Yoga International and the Ashtanga Dispatch. Go here for more information on AYS Charlotte. For information on workshops, please e-mail shanna@ashtangayogaproject.com.

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