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Focus of the Month


ParsVA Bakasana (Side crow)

The key to Parsva Bakasana is twisting enough to place the outer edge of one upper arm far around the outside of the opposite thigh.Side Crow pose strengthens the arms, wrists and shoulders, tones the belly and spine, and as a twisting pose, helps promote detoxification of the body. The pose also helps to improve balance and focus and reminds us to approach our practice with a sense of playful curiosity and a willingness to launch ourselves out of our comfort zone, and is an excellent foundation pose for other fun arm balances such as Eka Pada Koundinyasana I and Dwi Pada Koundinyasana.



As in Side Crow which is asymmetrical and crooked… there is beauty and strength in imperfection. See Side Crow as a metaphor for embracing the imperfect. We might feel stronger on one side or the other. In our lives sometimes we are strong in certain ways and in other ways we need support. Everything doesn’t have to be perfect. We can embrace the different variations of this posture, the different ways to get into it and out of it, the asymmetrical beauty in the posture. We can embrace our differences, our crooked noses, our different families and backgrounds. Find the beauty in imperfection.