Dhanurasana

  • Strike A Pose: Bow Pose with Jeanne Heileman

    dhanurasana

    “Bow Pose...it’s like many things: misunderstood."

    Resembling an archer's bow (with the torso and legs the body of the bow and the arms the string), Dhanurasana (Bow Pose) is an intermediate backbend in the practice.

    A lot of not-so-good things tend to come up physically in this pose. Knee pain, sway back, belly suffocation...

    But this is only because, as Jeanne says, the pose is misunderstood. Once you get aligned, you’ll realize it isn’t so bad. In fact, it can feel super yummy. Plus, the pose comes with too many benefits to just up and ignore it:

    • Stretches the entire front of the body, ankles, thighs and groins, abdomen and chest, and throat, and deep hip flexors (psoas)
    • Strengthens the back muscles
    • Improves posture
    • Stimulates the organs of the abdomen and neck
    • Relieves constipation, respiratory ailments, mild backache, fatigue, anxiety, menstrual discomfort

    To increase your Bow awareness and receive the Bow benefits, tune into Jean’s online yoga demo. In this free online yoga video, Jeanne will take you through three different therapeutic alignment tips that will address the common problems associated with this misunderstood backbend. This online yoga video is great education for yoga teachers who want to help their students practice a pain-free bow pose.

    Try this and have a happy, open heart!

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    Find more of Jeanne’s helpful online yoga tips + full-length online yoga classes on YogaVibes!

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