Bakasana & Kakasana (Crane & Crow) & Eka Pada Bakasana (Flying Crane / Crow)- Overview

Lesson Overview

  • Features: Bakasana (Crane) & Kakasana (Crow), and related poses such as Baby Crow and Eka Pada Bakasana (One Legged Crane)
  • Objective: Become knowledgeable about the pose and review detailed teaching considerations.
  • Description: Explain the Sanskrit naming; contraindications and cautions; associated benefits and typical effects; instructions and cues for setting up and practicing the pose; variations to meet particular intentions and needs; and more teaching considerations.



“baka” = crane

Crane Pose



“kaka” = crow

Crow Pose

Heart of Poses

  • Arm Balance

Naming & Differentiation

  • Most often, Bakasana is translated as Crane Pose and Kakasana as Crow Pose. Some sources use the name Bakasana but translate it as Crow.
  • Some sources consider Crow Pose and Crane Pose to refer to the same asana.
  • Some sources differentiate them—including Yoga International (if you are a member of Yoga International, you can review the source from here) and Kino McGregor in Yoga Journal (here). When differentiated, Bakasana has straight arms and Kakasana has bent arms.


  • Considered foundational pose for more advanced arm balances.
  • In Eka Pada Bakasana, the shin of the lower leg is parallel to the long side of the mat. In Eka Pada Galavasana (Flying Crow Pose), the lower shin is parallel to the front of the mat.

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