Dhanurasana, or Bow Pose, is an impressive-looking yoga move that does wonders for the body as a whole. Is a backbend that deeply opens the chest and the front of the body.
As the back folds in on itself, strength is created by keeping the upper body poised on the powerful core. As we reach our arms back to grasp onto our ankles we can feel our shoulders opening, our chest pushing forward, and our back stretching. A pull is felt in our quadriceps as we lift our feet as high as we are able. The entire body comes to mirror an archer’s bow.
The name comes from the Sanskrit dhanu, meaning “bow,” and asana, meaning “pose.”
Dhanurasana can be used to replace cobra pose during Sun Salutation, or Surya Namaskar, as a way to add variety and challenge to our yoga practice. Whether new to yoga or simply needing a boost in our confidence, Bow Pose helps reassure us of our abilities and reminds us of the strength we already have in our bodies.