Yoga Tip: Side Crow

Side crow is a pose that is pretty special to me because I used to have really weak wrists and I never thought I'd be able to do this pose. Little by little, I was able to work up to it, and it's now one of my favorite asanas. 

Here's how to do it: 

Step 1: Stand tall in tadasana. As you inhale, bend the knees and bring your hands to your chest in prayer position. As you exhale, twist from the navel and hook the outside of your right elbow to the outside of your left knee. Squeeze your thighs together here, and breathe.

Step 2: On your next inhale, set your hands on the ground. Exhale and position the outside of your left hip on your left tricep; and put the outside of your left knee on your right tricep.  

Step 3: Find your dristi. Inhale and lift yourself up, pushing into the fingertips and mounds of the fingers. Feel yourself very light. Keep your feet, ankles and knees together. Breathe, and come down slowly.

Tip: If you're new to this, put a pillow down in front of your face in case you fall. 

Benefits: Strengthens arms, wrists and core.