I have always struggled with arm balances as I always had weak wrists and arms. In my previous article on bakasana, I mentioned that the strength required in chaturanga dandasana should be enough to execute the crow. However, I kept on struggling with this pose. Next, I worked on opening my hips. Check. Yet I still struggled as I feel that my legs and butt heavily resting on my fragile arms. Finally, I started focusing on my core. That made a huge difference. I felt that my butt and legs were lighter as I feel myself lift up and forward.
I have yet to fully come into this pose for several breaths, but as I keep on practicing, I feel that this is doable. So for now, I will continue doing core asanas! I really hate working on the core but I realized that if I want to progress, I need to learn how to accept and appreciate core work and incorporate them into my daily practice.