This week’s yoga stance is called ‘crow pose’ and Lori Whitby of Slave Lake Smiling Dog Yoga says it isn’t for everyone and to be careful if you have wrist issues.
“Please don’t do this pose if you are pregnant,” she says. “Gently come into a low squatting position and place your hands flat on your mat with arms between your knees. Keep your gaze a few inches ahead of your mat and clear your mind. This pose, as most in yoga are, is best tried with no expectations.”
Whitby adds, “Spread your fingers wide as you lift the hips up and come onto the balls of your feet. Engage your core muscles and gently place the knees onto the backs of your upper arms and slowly shift your weight onto your fingertips. It is the shifting of your weight that allows you to move into this pose. Engage your core muscles as you begin to balance mostly on your hands.”
Make it more challenging:
You can try picking one foot at a time off the floor or have a yoga block under you feet until you feel confident to try lifting them both up. Even one toe on the ground will help you feel the pose but keep you balanced.
Camille Gatto in ‘crow pose’.