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7-Day Bad Yogi Yoga Challenge, Day 3: Flow to Side Crow!

Welcome to Day 3 of the Bad Yogi Yoga Challenge!

I feel like it’s cruel to REALLY push your limits for two days in a row, but I’m a glutton for punishment 😉

Before you run screaming in the other direction, hear me out: I’m not going to pretend that this pose is a walk in the park. It CAN be difficult, no doubt. But here’s the thing… you have no idea what you’re actually capable of until you give it a shot. So before you write it off and write this off as a failure before you even begin, STOP! Go through the class, and if Side Crow doesn’t happen today, give yourself a high-five for trying and count that as a win!

We’ll take it slow with a few poses to warm up a bit, and then we’ll dive right in to Side Crow! Well, we won’t exactly “dive” but you know what I mean 😉

Who’s ready?! You’ll have to let me know how you do in the comments! And how many times you tried even after the video ended, lol!

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    January 6, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Aahh, that was fun! I was actually able to do both sides, although I looked like I had wobbly noodle arms. Looking forward to tomorrow!

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    January 6, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Haha, you make that look so easy , no way could I lift myself up, but will keep trying ☺

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      January 7, 2016 at 3:53 pm

      No way I could do it either although I did manage to put more weight in my hands than I did the one vague attempt I gave it before!

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    January 6, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    My body isn’t (yet) ready for this one, but it was a great chance to work on nailing my regular crow!

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      Erin Motz

      January 6, 2016 at 5:17 pm

      perfect opportunity! glad you liked it 🙂

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    January 6, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    I never bothered trying this before. But like in the first challenge I tried that had regular crow, I decided to give it a try. I was quite pleasantly surprised that I was able to it. Only one side but I’ll take it. Thanks Erin, for the gentle nudges out of the comfort zone!

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      Erin Motz

      January 6, 2016 at 5:17 pm

      wonderful! glad to hear! 🙂

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    January 6, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Great tutorial, thanks! I have side crow (attempts) in my daily practice, and it IS coming along!!

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      Erin Motz

      January 6, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      awesome! keep it up!

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    January 6, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Hey, that’s why we call it “Bad Yogi Yoga Challenge” right? If it wasn’t a challenge it wouldn’t be fun, and i tried like 6 times on each side, but my knee slipped from my elbow, maybe with shorts… haha thanks Erin!

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    January 6, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    ahhhhh I will get it eventually! Thanks Erin, loving this challenge! 🙂

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    January 6, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Wow, definitely this is My Challenge!!, I couldn’t lift even my little toe, 😉 😉
    But as they say, try and try again!!
    Namaste Erin, x

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    January 6, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Oh my!! I actually laughed at myself out loud!! 🙂

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    January 6, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Loved the video really glad I tried it I think with a little practice I can definitely master it♡ thanks!

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    January 6, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Found this one difficult, as I couldn’t even take my weight on my arms?. But I will keep trying and hopefully I’ll succeed. Thanks Erin x

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    January 6, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    I really tried, but no go on either side. Good to have this kind of challenge 🙂

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    January 6, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    I love your classes Erin, always.. can’t wait to see what’s in the next one but when I see “crow pose” I’m like ohhh noooo agaiiiiin.
    I haven’t managed to do the normal crow pose either and when it’s coming up again I’m feeling a bit frustrated. I guess sometime -eventually I m gonna learn it. 🙂
    Thanks for pushing the limits 😉

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    January 6, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    Didn’t make the side crow either side. I did a regular crow for a few seconds at the end to make myself feel better! That was a tough one Erin, but glad I tried it!

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    January 6, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    Couldn’t lift off the floor, but am close on the right side! I’ll get there! Thank you!

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    January 7, 2016 at 1:40 am

    i’ve always liked your yoga segments ….. gone back to many of them many times. unfortunately, not this one. sorry to say it’s probably the most disappointing. my brain can’t wrap itself around the positioning to even attempt to get off the floor. similar issue with crow and it nothing to do with lack of confidence; more lack of comprehension.

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    January 7, 2016 at 4:35 am

    first time I actually manage to lift my feet even for a sec, so yay for me! ? thanks erin! can’t wait for your next video.

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    January 7, 2016 at 5:47 am

    So what is most likely limiting me the most, my lack of flexibility or big belly? Probably both, as well as weak abs. I feel like my knees are digging into my arm too. Same thing as in full crow.

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    January 7, 2016 at 10:14 am

    It was amazing! I couldn’t go into the full posture but it was fun to see how far I can! Thank you Erin you’re the best! =)

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    Kimberly Smith

    January 7, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    I did it for a second on my right side with the modification! I was actually impressed with myself!

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    January 7, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Could barely get up for half a second! But like others it did give me the opportunity to practice a full crow pose. My triceps will be sore tomorrow and I will probably have a slight bruise on the back of my tricep since I could feel my knee poking at it!

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    January 7, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    Tough! Didn’t make the side crow but I did regular crow, and it had been awhile, so that was good.
    Also, that tank top! Is it new in the store? Love!

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    January 8, 2016 at 1:59 am

    Thank you Erin! That was awesome! I have been wanting to do this pose but it never made sense. You broke it down beautifully for me, and even being tall, scrawny, and yet bottom heavy, I was actually able to stick it for a second!

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    Enobong Imaha

    January 8, 2016 at 6:26 am

    Hai Erin,
    Thank you for this yoga classes. I am enjoying myself and also feeling my heart rate. Couldn’t get the side crow poses, will keep on trying.
    Thanks once again.

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    January 8, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Couple days behind…day 2 yesterday and day 3 today. Is this why my arms and shoulders are sore? Loved side crow. Can’t do it but was in the same boat with regular crow a year ago and now I can do it! Side crow, I’ll get you too!

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    January 9, 2016 at 6:57 am

    Side crow was more like side plank on floor!! i tired.. pillows and all, but i think i like the unicorn pose better. now to practice couch potatoe- asana!! 🙂 thank you for these videos they light up my day!

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    Pála Margrét

    January 9, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Thank you Erin! This was so much fun, I´m able to do the modified version on the right side – but also very able to fall and laugh about it 🙂 I also feel the modified version is easier then the full crow which I´m still working on, so it´s nice to get a arm balance I can actually do 🙂

    P.s. Every time I do not feel like doing yoga it´s just because I´ve forgotten how amazing your classes make me feel – thank you so much!

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    January 20, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    So I saw this E-mail in my inbox and I was like, no way I’m ever gonna be able to do that!
    And then….I made it into side crow the second try! Super duper excited 🙂 Thank you for explaining this so well, and making it a lot easier because of that!

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    February 3, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    I’ve been working on crow (and now side crow) but feel like my arms just aren’t strong enough, there’s too much weight on my feet still. Any recommendations for that? Am I not quite prepped for the pose yet or do I need to do more to strengthen my arms? Thanks!

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