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Dhanurasana (DAH-noo-RAH-sah-nah; Sanskrit: धनुरासन; IAST: Dhanurāsana), Bow Pose, or sometimes Urdva Chakrasana (Upward Wheel Pose) is an asana.
The name comes from the Sanskrit words Dhanura (धनुर, Dhanura) meaning "bow", and Asana (आसन, Āsana) meaning "posture" or "seat".
First the practitioner should lie prone and grasp the feet to lift the leg and chest to form a bow. Remain in this position for some time and then return to the previous position.
Benefits of Bow Pose (Dhanurāsana)
- Strengthens the back and abdominal muscles.
- Stimulates the reproductive organs.
- Opens up the chest, neck and shoulders.
- Tones the leg and arm muscles.
- Adds greater flexibility to the back.
- Good stress and fatigue buster.
- Relieves menstrual discomfort and constipation.
- Helps people with renal (kidney) disorders.
- It provides relief from headache.
Backward extension of the spine is achieved with the back muscles, not by leverage with the arms.
Counter asanas are Halasana and Sarvangasana.