Shooting bow pose - Akarna Dhanura Asana

Shooting bow pose - Akarna Dhanura Asana
by Sonia Sharma | September 7, 2012

Bring the world of archery into your regular yoga workout with the shooting bow pose. The shooting bow pose combines the grace and steadiness of archery with the focus and tranquility of yoga. Practice the shooting yoga bow pose to obtain exceptional physical and mental benefits! 

About Shooting Bow Pose

The shooting yoga bow pose is named after its uncanny resemblance to the bodily position assumed by archers when they are preparing to use their bows and arrows. While performing the shooting bow pose, it always helps to put oneself in the shoes of an archer preparing to launch his or her arrow at a designated target. Imagine that the chosen aim is in front of you, gaze steadily at it as you raise the bow and arrow. Gracefully and steadily pull the arrow back towards your ear as you gaze unwaveringly at your target. This simple use of imagination will help you get into the character and true spirit of the shooting bow pose, and will cultivate the art of unwavering focus, and nurture a grounded sense of core balance in the yoga practitioner.

Step By Step Instructions

Follow these guidelines to master the shooting yoga bow pose sequence!

  1. Position yourself on the yoga mat in a seated position with your legs stretched straight out in front of you. Hold your head straight and maintain a straight spine.
  2. Place your hands, palms first, on your thighs and breathe in.
  3. Breathe out and as you do so, reach out and hold onto your right big toe with your right forefinger. Reach out with your left hand and hold onto your left foot.
  4. Breathe in and as you do so, pull the right foot back and up towards the right ear. Stop when the big toe is positioned next to the right ear.
  5. Hold your back as straight as possible and maintain the shooting bow pose for the duration of the inhaled breath.
  6. Lower your right foot back to the mat, and repeat the shooting bow pose sequence with the other leg.

Health Benefits

The shooting yoga bow pose has exceptional health benefits that can be obtained through regular practice.

  1. Stretches and strengthens the back and legs.
  2. Opens up the shoulders, hips and elbow joints.
  3. Enhances the digestive functioning of the body.
  4. Enhances concentration and focus.
  5. Stimulates the nervous system.
  6. Tones and strengthens the thighs, calves, arms and shoulders.

Things To Remember!

Individuals suffering from dysentery, diarrhea, piles, hip injuries, back injuries, and shoulder injuries should refrain from attempting the shooting bow pose.

About the Author - Sonia Sharma

I am presently functioning as a Yoga instructor for Fitness republic where I can continue feeding my yoga passion everyday in a different format through my writing and make people able to develop their personality at all levels – physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. And yes I am always open to feedback and suggestions.

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