Crow pose requires a strong and flexible spine. Work up to this advanced pose by incorporating Standing Forward Bend or Uttanasana into your daily practice. While this may, from afar, seem like a simple position, many people find it difficult to touch their toes. Ease Standing Forward Bend slowly, if you cannot touch your toes just yet, try using blocks placed in front of your feet for support, or instead of reaching for your toes, reach for your shins. Standing Forward Bend possesses many of its own benefits including strengthening the spine, relieving pressure from the spine and neck, and reducing stress and anxiety.