Bow Pose

Dhanurasana

From the Sanskrit dhanu: 'bow' and asana: 'posture', Dhanurasana or Bow Pose (not to be confused with Bikram Yoga's Standing Bow-Pulling Pose) is a backbend that stretches the front of the body, thighs, abdomen, groin, and increases flexibility of the spine and shoulders. Bow Pose greatly improves posture. The pose gets its name from the final shape achieved by the body, by lying on the belly, grasping the feet, and lifting the legs into the shape of an archer's bow. Beginners can practice this pose with a strap around their ankles, allowing them to better control the intensity of the backbend.