Bow Pose - Dhanurasana
This pose looks like an archer's bow, the torso and legs are the body of the bow, and the arms the string. With regular practice, you can maintain eternal youth, as bow pose provides mental stimulation with increased energy and vitality.
Benefits of Bow Pose
Bow Pose is great for strengthening the abdominal core. To reach it's full potential, you can rock back and forth. This motion gives your entire abdominal area an excellent massage and activates your digestive system, and fights constipation.
The source of energy in the human body roots from the spine. Having your spine aligned, leads to a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Bow pose can show you where you are inflexible and weak. If you have a strong back, then you can engage in boat pose effortlessly and perfectly.
This pose helps to extend the spine and open up the rib cage. It does wonders for your respiratory system. As it allows your lungs to expand fully, therefore bringing in more oxygen.
It also gives the whole body and back a full stretch. It increases blood flow into the spine. Feeding the nerves. It's an energizing pose, very calming, and keeps your body alert and clear.
Avoid Bow Pose if you are pregnant, have back problems or a hernia.
Steps for Bow Pose
- Grab both feet just under toes from outside of foot.
- Kick legs up, (legs no wider than 8 inches apart) Check that both feet are the same height, thighs are parallel and shoulders are even.
- Balance on your stomach.
- Look forward and up. Face is parallel to the front wall.
- Release and look to the right.
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