How to Do Astavakrasana

Astavakrasana, which you may also hear referred to as 8-angle pose or crooked crow, is one of my favorite arm balances.  Which is not to say that I like it becuase it is tricky, though that’s part of it.  I appreciate the way a challenging pose requires concentration and singular focus or dharana, the aspect of yoga that precedes meditation and, ideally, enlightenment, according to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.  I like it because the journey is truly as important as the destination.  In addition to mental focus, a yogi needs to develop core power, limber hips, and strong arms along the way to execute this pose.  The sequence in the above video supports these goals, and for yogis of all levels, there’s a stage or portion of the sequence to explore.  Even if the final pose alludes you (for now), there is a clear path for getting there someday.  I like that.

Maybe you don’t care.  Maybe you just want a new party trick.  Fine.  Send me pictures.  (No, seriously, feel free to post your crooked crow to the OG Facebook page).  Good luck!


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  • Meg

    I’ve been following your blog for a little while now and really admire your enthusiasm for life/yoga! I LOVE astavakrasana and thought this post was awesome!

  • Fred Destin

    I tried but then the commercial break stopped and my son jumped on my head. So there.

    • omgal

      I’m pretty sure you get bonus points for that;-)