“We often think of Bakasana as Crow Pose, but it more accurately translates to Crane Pose.”

If you’ve ever been afraid of falling in Crow Pose, the mythology behind Bakasana will surely speak to you. Alanna Kaivalya, author of Myths of the Asanas, tells the story of a king who comes across a crane who promises to revive his dead brothers if he can answer a few questions correctly. It’s a great tale with a wonderful message that we’ll be taking to the mat with us from now on.

Watch the video below for the mythology behind Crane Pose plus tips on how to get into Bakasana.