If you struggle with your takeoff in Crow Pose or Bakasana, then you have some secret weapons to help you effortlessly lift into this pose. You require learning how to really take flight in this asana and further act with some core-activating sequence.
There is a blanket trick that makes it simpler than you might have realized. All you need is an essential yoga mat or blanket that helps to unlock your abdominal strength. Basically, you don’t even know that you have this potential, and this is what works here. This is the concrete core work that you need to exercise regularly by means of or without balancing your arms.
Arm balances are only partially about the arms, you need core strength. Without the core strength, you may find yourself relying on the upper body only. The key to taking flight in arm balancing poses like Bakasana is to distribute the energy across the core by activating the pelvic floor as well as the lower abdominals, and also the upper body. This can be done by finding strength and stability in the shoulder girdle.
You need to train yourself and your mind to focus on the core when practicing these poses. It would stabilize the asana and also train you for finding the peaceful center during these challenging situations.
Here, you can take a three step preparation to strengthen your core that would help you lift your body and stimulate your ABS. Also, it would integrate the work of shoulders to create a strong foundation for your body weight.
However, you should not be in a hurry when practicing, but take time to build it up steadily while enjoying the training session.
Here’s how you can fuel yourself for the takeoff in three simple steps:
Take a yoga blanket and fold it half lengthways. Now, it will appear akin to a yoga mat. Fold it half lengthways further, and in half yet again. Now get shaped into the plank pose while keeping your feet on the blanket and placed together.
Strengthen your outer arms in the upper side and keep your knees bent. Then drag your knees tight -hooked on your chest.
Apart your knees and try to bring them near to armpits. Drag them as near to the armpits as you can. Now activate the adductor muscles of your thighs and hips, and round the upper side of your back. Take a normal breath and then come back into the plank pose. Repeat this process for 5 to 10 times.
This will strengthen your core and you can easily get into Crow Pose (Bakasana)
Final pose: (Bakasana)
After you drag your knees back to your armpits, lean forward, and slightly curve your elbows. Then bring your feet upward, forming the crow pose while you inhale and draw your ribs in. Look forward while your adductors keeping engaged and upper back strongly curved. Focus on engaging the lower ABS while lifting the hips. Stay for five breaths before returning to normal position. End with the corpse pose.