Krounchasana (Heron Pose)

English Name(s)
Heron Pose
krouncha: “heron”
asana: “pose”

Physical Benefits

Krounchasana (crown-CHAHS-anah) stretches the front of the ankles and the joints and muscles of the legs. The pose stimulates the abdominal organs, which tones the core and improves digestion. Also, the pose helps those with flat feet.

Energetic Benefits

Krounchasana develops stability and centeredness in the mind. The forward bend also calms the nervous system, reducing stress and anxiety.


Those with ankle, knee or hip injuries should avoid this pose. Also, women who are menstruating should not take Krounchasana. People with low back injury or pain may need to modify the pose.

Going into the Pose

Meera Watts
Meera Watts is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur, and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, Yoganonymous, OMtimes, and others. She’s also the founder and owner of Siddhi Yoga International, a yoga teacher training school based in Singapore. Siddhi Yoga runs intensive, residential trainings in India (Rishikesh, Goa, and Dharamshala), Indonesia (Bali), and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur).

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