Hatha Yoga Tip
AKARNA DHANURASANA – The Shooting Bow –
Akarna Dhanurasana stretches the legs hips, and lumbar region. Strengthens the hands and feet and invigorates the nerve impulses to these regions. This a also a balance posture.
Sit with legs stretched straight in dandasana. Feet are together with heels stretched, toes pointing back to head. Reach forward to the toes of both feet. Back is straight. Head and chest straight forward as possible. Wrap first two fingers around each big toe.
Without letting go of either foot, bend the right knee. Inhale and pull back right foot to shoulder. Bring right foot as close to right ear as possible. Keep chest up and firm hold onto left big toe. Hold the position and breathe. Repeat other side.
Helping relief of rheumatism in the limbs
Stretches legs, hips, and lumbar
Strengthens hands & feetBenefits:
Opening the front hip crease, legs, thighs and arm pits
An opening of the shoulders, middle back and front of throat
A balance posture
This yoga asana is an edited contribution for the Sivananda Gurugram partly sourced and edited from the Sivananda Publication: “Yoga: Your Home Practice Companion” – Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre – 2010.
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