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Practice crow pose daily to tone your arms and legs in a month’s time

Published on:7 November 2020, 11:20am IST
Just having a flat belly isn’t enough, you need toned arms and legs too! It’s time to make crow pose or kakasana a part of your life.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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Crow pose or kakasana is the weight loss pose of the season. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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If you think just focusing on your stomach will help you get the body of your dreams, then it’s time to do a rethink. You need to have an overall proportionate body that is stronger and fitter. We’ll let you in on some trivia — the more you work on your legs, the stronger and leaner your overall body will become. And that’s why we want you to try your hands on the crow pose! 

Crow pose might look a little intimidating but in this yoga masterclass, we will ensure that you ace it like a pro. Crow pose is the weight loss solution that will help you tone not just your legs, but your arms as well. We know how ugly heavy arms can look, plus, it’s isn’t healthy as well. 

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What’s crow pose all about?

First things first, this yoga pose is not for beginners. There is absolutely no harm in trying, but make sure to find a proper place, otherwise you might get hurt.

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Crow pose is THE magic trick for weight loss. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

First of all, don’t mix the bakasana or crane pose with the crow pose. They both are very different from each other. The key difference between the two poses is that crow pose is performed with bent arms, whereas the crane pose is performed with straight arms. 

If you’re a beginner, the crow pose is the first step before you attempt to go into the advanced version of bakasana or crane pose. While bakasana is a test of your arm, and wrist strength, kakasana also challenges your core along with your arms, legs, wrist, and shoulders. 

Here’s how the crow pose will aid you in weight loss

Kakasana brings tremendous benefits to your physical and mental health. This pose brings all the body weight to the arms and legs, thus increasing their strength,” says yoga expert Grand Master Akshar.

He adds, “Kakasana strengthens arms and wrists. This pose stretches the upper back and massages the spine, improving the flow of blood to the spine. Kakasana strengthens the abdominal area too. This asana teaches us better balance, brings awareness to the body, and also prepares us to perform more intense arm balancing asanas.”

Here’s how you can do a kakasana: 

1. Stand straight and squat down.
2. Keep your knees wider than your hips, and lean forward.
3. Stretch your arms and place your palms on the floor, and bend your elbows.
4. Lean forward and put the weight of your torso onto the back of your upper arm.
5. Allow your knees to go outside of your elbows, and rest your inner thighs on your triceps.
6. When you are ready, slowly lift your feet off the floor and balance on your arms.
7. In kakasana, your elbows are bent, and your back is parallel to the floor.

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Try your hands on crow pose to get toned arms in a month. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
You will get all these benefits if you perform kakasana regularly for 30 days
  • It improves the digestion and metabolism of the body, which aids in weight loss.
  • Practising this posture regularly will help you to tone your waist.
  • Kakasana enhances blood circulation and improves the function of the respiratory system. When you practise this posture, through the pressure on the abdomen, it massages the abdominal area. It also strengthens your wrists and arms, and gives you a slim waist.
  • It prevents water retention in the body, thus leaving you feel lighter. This asana strengthens the joints and muscles of the body, building upper body strength.
  • Kakasana is also a great posture to boost focus and concentration, and increase your memory power.
Crow pose is best avoided, in case of the following conditions:

1. Carpal tunnel syndrome
2. Pregnancy
3. Avoid if you have wrist arthritis or wrist pain
4. Avoid if you have any back pain or injuries, including surgeries, osteoporosis, disc bulging or herniation, and arthritis.
5. Avoid if you have a hip replacement or hip pain, while doing the pose

So are you ready to lose weight crow style?

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Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.