Bakasana & Kakasana (Crane & Crow) – Overview


This Asana Digest covers: Crane Pose and Crow Pose and related poses including Baby Crow Pose and One Legged Crane Pose

Sanskrit & Naming

  • Bakasana


“baka” = crane

Crane Pose

  • Kakasana


“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 (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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