Dhanurasana

Dhanurasana or bow pose

It strengthens the abdominal muscles. It expands the chest muscles, which benefits people suffering from asthma and other respiratory problems.

Dhanurasana means the posture of a bow. It massages and invigorates the internal organs, especially the digestive organs. It strengthens the abdominal muscles. It expands the chest muscles, which benefits people suffering from asthma and other respiratory problems. It enhances the elasticity of the spine It massages all the muscles of the back.

Regular practice of this asana helps in strengthening the concentration and mental determination. It also gives you lot of energy, vigor and youthful vitality. It helps in stimulating the lung, small intestine and urinary bladder meridians.

How to practice:

  • Lying on your abdomen, place your forehead onto the ground. Bend your knees bringing the feet up. Reach back to grasp the respective ankles. The feet should be relaxed. There is no need to point the toes, as this uses energy unnecessarily.
  • Keeping your arms straight, inhale as you arch the entire body upwards. Lift the head, chest and thighs off the ground. Hold the position for at least 10 seconds, increasing gradually to 1 minute. Repeat this 3-5 times.