Today we have Danica Patrick for yoga photo of the day. The former NASCAR driver rocked her best baby crow pose (asana) on Instagram. It’s a very difficult yoga pose to pull off, but being an athlete, Patrick had no problem performing the move with ease.
At 38-yeard-old, Danica has already stamped herself into history. She is the most successful female open-wheel racing driver of all time and holds the only win by a woman in an IndyCar race. And she has frequently discussed how she uses yoga to prepare for races and to keep fit in general.
On Sunday, Danica shared a yoga photo with her following of 760,000 on Instagram. Yoga and meditation have been used increasingly in the sporting world over recent years both for the physical fitness benefits they offer and for the mental health aspects, with many athletes saying that yoga and meditation help the handle the pressure of performing on a big stage.
There was no big stage in Danica Patrick’s yoga video on Sunday, though. Just the beautiful woman herself performing Baby Crow Pose at home.
Danica Patrick’s Yoga Pose: Baby Crow, Headstand, And Crow Drills, Oh My!
As you can see in Danica Patrick’s yoga video, to do Baby Crow Pose (Malasana) she lowers herself into a squat and goes down to below parallel until her knees bend. Her weight is placed on her back heels. This allows her to balance in the pose. She holds her body upright with her head and chest lifted. She then lifts her feet off the floor and holds her weight on her hands.
Next, Danica does a handstand crow pose. She goes into a handstand and bends her knees, lowering her legs so she can place the knees above the elbows. She then keeps her feet pressed together with the toes curled.
She then went even further and did a headstand crow pose. She began in headstand position with knees bent, and then lowers her knees to rest them on her triceps. She then transfers her body weight onto her arms.
From this position she goes into crow drills by continuing her headstand and brining her knees to her chest, then straightening her legs out.
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