The two names for the asana come from the Sanskrit words baka (“crane”) or kak (“crow”), and asana (आसन) meaning “posture” or “seat”.
While different yoga lineages use one name or another for the asana, Dharma Mittra makes a distinction, citing Kakasana as being with arms bent (like the shorter legs of a crow) and Bakasana with arms straight (like the longer legs of a crane). In the west, practitioners often mistranslate the Sanskrit “Bakasana” as the English “Crow Pose”.
While yoga is an ancient art of breathing and stretching, that doesn’t mean that it’s adherents haven’t embraced the wonders of modern technology. There is a wealth of yoga apps available for Android and iOS devices that provide everything from visual guides, practice builders, to directories of nearby yoga studios. Check out 10 favorite yoga apps from Tom’s Guide: Tech for Real Life Article 10 Best Yoga Apps by John Corpuz.
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