AKARNA DHANURASANA – THE SHOOTING BOW POSTURE

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Description :

Akarna-Dhanura-asana in Sanskrit means “The shooting bow pose”. This Asana involves the system of pulling the leg which gives the impression of a bow with an arrow to be shot and hence, the name Dhanurasana.

Health Benefits :

  • It helps and betters the process of digestion, clears constipation and treats indigestion.
  • It also helps in healing pain in the lower areas of the abdomen and also relieves pain in the larger intestines
  • The pose also helps in regularizing the menstrual cycle in most women.
  • Breathing is greatly enhanced with this pose as it increases the capacity of the lungs to retain oxygen.

Considerations:

  • Firstly, if you are a beginner do not try the pose when you are alone.
  • This pose belongs to the intermediate level of yoga poses and therefore if you are novice, you should not try this pose at the very outset.
  • You should not perform this asana in case you are pregnant.
  • People with spinal injuries should also avoid this pose.

Step1 :

Sit firmly on the floor and place your legs together releasing them straight out in front of you. While doing thins make sure that your back, shoulders and head is straight.

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Step2 :

Bend the left leg in knee and keep the foot on the thigh of right leg. Keep the right leg straight.

 

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Step3 :

Hold the big toe of the left leg with left hand, and that of the right leg with the right hand.

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Step4 :

Exhale, and inhaling start lifting the left leg with the left hand and pull it up to the left ear, and stabilize it at that point.

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Step5 :

Continue normal breathing. After few seconds come back to the original position.

Step6 :

Now holding the right leg at big toe by fore finger and thumb of right hand raise it up to the right ear. Again after few seconds come back to the original position.

 

 

 

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