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Featured Yoga Posture February 2016: Standing Bow Pose (Dandayamana-Dhanurasana)


Standing Bow Pose

( Dandayamana-Dhanurasana )

Like camel posture, standing bow posture seems to exist on the extremes of Bikram practitioners – for some being their favourite posture and for others being their most loathed. Love it or hate it, this posture is a perfect example of the “tourniquet” effect in Bikram yoga, because it transfers circulation from one side of the body to the other and then equalizes it. Standing bow posture is a very comprehensive posture, improving the flexibility and strength of most of the body’s muscles. 

Step by Step:

- Grab the ankle joint and keep a good strong grip using all five fingers
- Start with your knees together
- Raise arm up to and continuously stretch it up toward the ceiling
- Make sure to keep your knee locked
- Charge your body forward
- Feel your spine arching backward as you kick
- Keep imagining seeing your foor coming over the top of your head more and more

Benefits

Stimulates the cardiovascular system
Increases circulation to the heart and lungs
Opens diaphragm
Opens the shoulder joints
Helps with frozen shoulder conditions
Improves the elasticity of the spine
Improves strength and balance firming the abdominal wall and upper thighs while also tightening the upper arms, hips and buttocks
Increases the size and elasticity of the rib cage and lungs and improves the flexibility and strength of the lower spine
Helps to reduce abdominal fat

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