Krounchasana (Heron) – Overview

Lesson Overview

  • Features: Krounchasana (Heron)
  • Objective: Become knowledgeable about the pose and review detailed teaching considerations.
  • Description: Explain the Sanskrit naming; associated benefits and typical effects; cautions & contraindications; practicing the pose; and more teaching considerations.


krouncha” = heron

Heron Pose

Heart of Pose

  • Forward Bend


  • The raised leg is said to resemble the neck and head of a heron.
  • Similar to Tiriang Mukha Eka Pada Paschimottanasana (Three-Limbed Forward Bend) but in a different relationship to gravity.
  • Krouncha is also the name of a mountain, said to be the grandson of Himalaya and to have been pierced by Kartikeya, the god of war, and by Parasurama, the sixth incarnation of Vishnu. – B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Yoga 1975 p 112

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