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Akarm Dhanurasan

Shooting Bow Pose


The leg muscles are stretched and both arms and legs strengthened.


In this pose you draw one leg back like an archer drawing a bow. One side of the body maintains a forward bend while you open up the hip and shoulder joints on the other side. Now sit with both legs out in front. Reach forward with both hands and clasp your big toes. Keeping the left leg straight you Inhale, then pull the right foot back with your hand. Hold for several breaths. Try to straighten the body up and look to the front while you hold the pose. You can now Exhale and release the leg like an arrow, shooting it forward heel first, just let go of the toe. Repeat on the other side for one round. Do several rounds.

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