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Dhanurasana (DAH-noo-RAH-sah-nah[1][needs IPA]; Sanskrit: धनुरासन; IAST: Dhanurāsana), Bow Pose,[2] or sometimes Urdva Chakrasana (Upward Wheel Pose) is an asana.


The name comes from the Sanskrit words Dhanura (धनुर, Dhanura) meaning "bow",[3] and Asana (आसन, Āsana) meaning "posture" or "seat".[4]


The practitioner lies on the belly, grasps the feet, and lifts the legs into the shape of a bow.

Anatomical focus[edit]

Backward extension of the spine is achieved with the back muscles, not by leverage with the arms.

Follow-up asanas[edit]

Counter asanas are Halasana and Sarvangasana.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Budilovsky, Joan; Adamson, Eve (2000). The complete idiot's guide to yoga (2 ed.). Penguin. p. 160. ISBN 978-0-02-863970-3. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Yoga Journal - Bow Pose". Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  3. ^ "Dhanurasana - AshtangaYoga.info". Retrieved 2011-04-11. 
  4. ^ Sinha, S.C. (1 June 1996). Dictionary of Philosophy. Anmol Publications PVT. LTD. p. 18. ISBN 978-81-7041-293-9. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Langkawi Yoga - Chakrasana (Wheel pose)". Retrieved 2011-06-25. Counter pose: Halasana or Sarvangasana 

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