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Krounchasana
(Heron Pose)

Krounchasana pose

How to perform Heron Pose

Start in Dandasana. Bend one leg back into Virasana. Extend the other leg upward, so that, ideally, your shin joins your head. Use a belt if necessary.

What is Krounchasana?

An intense forward bend with a focus on extending the hamstrings and simultaneously improving knee mobility. This is an asymmetric posture involving one leg being bent backwards into Virasana and the other being extended forward and up towards your head.

It is necessary to keep an eye on the position of your hips and buttocks. The sit bones should be pointing down and the hips should resist the urge to twist. Keep your torso long and extending up through the crown of your head. As you pull the leg towards you make sure your abdomen doesn’t sink, pull your navel back.

When to use Krounchasana?

This pose requires a significant degree of flexibility and concentration. Seen as many actions are happening at the same time, you need to direct your attention to all the muscles involved and make sure that you aren’t slouching or collapsing into this pose, but are rather performing all the actions with a high sense of awareness.

Seen as it is asymmetric, Krounchasana should be repeated on both sides. A belt can be used if you are struggling to reach your foot without your shoulders caving in.