Written By: UMA Editorial Team |

Published on: November 28, 2023

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Dhanurasana, or Bow Pose, is an ancient yoga pose that has been practiced in Ayurveda for centuries. It is a deep backbend that opens up the chest and stretches the hips and abdomen. The Sanskrit name Dhanurasana comes from two words: dhanu meaning “bow” and asana meaning “pose”. This pose resembles a bow being drawn back, with the arms and legs representing the bowstring.

In Ayurveda, Dhanurasana is said to help stimulate digestion, improve circulation, reduce stress, and increase flexibility. It can also be used to open up the chest and help with breathing difficulties such as asthma. Additionally, it helps to strengthen abdominal muscles which can improve posture and balance.

To practice Dhanurasana in Ayurveda, begin by lying on your stomach with your feet hip-width apart. Bend your knees so that your heels are near your buttocks. Reach behind you with both hands and grab hold of your ankles or feet. As you inhale deeply, lift your head, chest, and thighs off the ground while pressing down into your feet or ankles for support. Hold this position for several breaths before slowly releasing back down onto the ground as you exhale.