The Asana strengthens the shoulders, arms, wrists and hands, as well as the core muscles and organs of the abdomen. The crane is a symbol of youth and happiness throughout Asia. In China, it's also a sign of longevity. Bakasana, or Crane Pose, embodies all three. Getting into the posture requires a playful, youthful leap of faith, and once you are safely balancing in Crane, you'll feel a sense of lightness and joy.