The name Dhanurasana refers to the bow-like shape that the body assumes when practicing it. Bows are called dhanu in Sanskrit which is why it is called the Bow Pose in English. Your arms mimic the string of the bow, while your chest and legs represent the bow’s body.
In this pose, you lie on your stomach, pull up your torso and legs, and hold the feet with your hands. Ding this deeply bends your back while opening your chest and strengthens your arms and shoulders as you hold your feet with your arms.
Through this movement, you can increase your spine’s flexibility and strength in your arms, legs, and back.
In addition to strengthening your back, this heart-opening backbend stretches your hamstrings and hip flexors. Expanding your chest and shoulders enhances your posture by making up for the time you spend slumped over a computer.
It also serves as a warm-up position for many challenging and advanced backbend practices.
Let us have a look at the steps to perform the pose and its benefits.
Practicing dhanurasana can be beneficial to people who want to get rid of lower back pain. It massages your abdominal organs which improves their functions. Women can especially benefit from it by reducing their menstrual pain. This pose is great to open your chest while strengthening and toning the arm and leg muscles.
Below are some of the benefits of this pose.
Uttam Ghosh was born in Rishikesh, India. His fascination for yoga developed in childhood when he experienced the ‘bhakti’ form of yoga with his grandfather. His curiosity for yoga led him to explore and study the mystic invisible life force energy of yoga. It was because of this hunger to search the depth of mystic life forces that Uttam started his spiritual journey which led him to learn and practice Kundalini, Yantra, Mantra & Tantra. Through hard work, dedication and experience, he was initiated onto the Kundalini Yoga Path by Swami Vidyananda. Swami Vidyananda also honored him with a spiritual name as “Rishi Raj”.Uttam teaches a wide range of Transformational Kundalini Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga in Rishikesh. He also conducts various workshops around the globe concerning meditation and yoga therapy.