Kakasana is the Sanskrit name for a Hatha yoga pose in which the practitioner begins by squatting and placing the palms flat on the ground between the legs and directly under the shoulders. The body’s weight is shifted from the feet to the palms until the knees can balance on the backs of the arms above the bent elbows. To achieve good form, the practitioner must keep the fingers wide set, the shoulders down, the chest lifted and the gaze straight ahead.
Kakasana is a Sanskrit term translated as “crow pose” in English. The pronunciation of kakasana is said to imitate a crow’s call (“caw-caw” asana).