Welcome to the Journey

Hi, I’m Allie. Your body-mind-soul advocate and personal home yoga teacher.

Click below to join the family and
unlock
my free morning yoga class
pack – a week of short videos to start
your day with purpose!

Welcome to the Journey

 

 

Hi, I’m Allie. Your body-mind-soul advocate
and personal home yoga teacher.

 

Click below to join the family and unlock
my free morning yoga class pack –
a week of short yoga videos to start
your day with purpose. 

 

 

CLICK TO BEGIN!
Let’s talk about crow pose….. and more specifically, how to get our butts up + fly in crow pose.

 

Here’s the deal with crow pose.

 

It’s MAGICAL AS SHIT.

 

Yup, that’s it, no need to read further (just joking yogis, of course there’s more to read).

 

The reason it’s so magical is it’s typically the first arm balance we fly in, the first pose that makes us feel super badass, the first pose that we balance all of our body’s weight atop our arms, and the first pose that truly scares us.

 

….. sometimes scares us too much, don’t let it do that to ya.

 

And because so many of us are either working towards crow pose, have flirted with the posture here + there, or confidently lift our butts up and fly, I thought to myself – let’s do an entire yoga flow working up towards it.

 

What a great thought, right?

 

Today’s yoga video is  a well-thought out sequence that opens + strengthens all the right spaces, leading to our peak posture –

 

Crow Pose

 

If you’re curious about what’s required to lengthen + strengthen before we lift off, below is an epic breakdown. Also important to note, as a newer yoga teacher, I turn to seasoned, knowledgeable teachers to teach me (while teaching you).

 

With that being said, today’s crow pose yoga sequence + the information below came from one of my favorite yoga blogs by Jason Crandell. I had the pleasure of practicing with Jason at Yoga Journal Live & his style is so refreshing, real, informative and simple. If you’re a student or teacher, I highly recommend taking a class, workshop or teacher training with him.

 

You can find his site here.

 

You can find the original articles here + here. 

 

Okay.

 

Now, let’s dive into the why behind our crow pose yoga class today.

 

The Mechanics

 

When we break down crow pose, there’s two major components happening.

 

1. The upper body is performing a blend of chaturanga + plank in the upper body

 

2. The lower body is performing a deep, yogi like squat

 

What does this tell us?

 

Well, we need to strengthen our upper body, while simultaneously opening our lower half. It seems like a paradox, I know, but this is true of all arm balance postures.

 

Strong upper body + flexible lower body = arm balance success.

 

Great, you now understand the formula, but what yoga postures will help get you there? That’s where Jason’s epic yoga sequence/article comes into play.

 

Upper body strengtheners:

 

  • plank pose holds
  • forearm pose holds
  • boat post

 

Lower body openers:

 

  • happy baby
  • low-lunge sun salutations
  • lizard pose
  • yogi squat

 

And lastly + important to note, below is where crow pose strengthens your body, because you know…. it’s good to know this kinda stuff (thanks Jason for teaching us)!

 

  • abdominals +pelvic floor
  • hip flexors
  • inner legs
  • hamstrings
  • shoulders
  • arms

 

Now let’s step on our mats, work to build strength, open our body, and fly into crow pose!

6K Shares

TRAVEL THE WORLD WITH ME

Live Your Journey Retreats

Like a badass vacation, except better. 

Live Your Journey retreats create body-mind-soul transformation by combining incredible venues with a well-designed curriculum, potent yoga practices, nourishing food, adventure, rest and relaxation, and forever made friendships.

We plan every detail. All you gotta do is say yes to a life-changing experience.

COSTA RICA RETREAT • MARCH 1-7

Join me in Costa Rica for a journey to manifestation using the chakra system to bring our dreams from consciousness down to the earth plane. When we’re not practicing yoga, we’ll be relaxing at the jungle oasis retreat center or experiencing the country through enriching (and adventurous) excursions! 

SICILY RETREAT • JUNE 27 - JULY 4

Join me on a journey to wholeness in the beautiful, rustic, and beachside region of Sicily, Italy. We’ll spend 7 transformative days learning, mapping, and embodying our unique energy system, while also experiencing the historical sites, beaches, and Italian way!

BALI RETREAT • October 17 - 24

Join me in the spiritual land of Ubud, Bali for 7 transformative days where you’ll be learning and embodying the chakra system through 2x daily yoga classes, while also experiencing the local culture via meaningful off-site excursions! And yes, there will be lots of poolside relaxing too!

[jr_instagram id="5"]