Asanas Practice

Having already described bhujangasana and shalabhasana1 we will now describe dhanur-asana (bow pose), which combines the benefits and features of both these backward bending asanas and also has some specific physical benefits of its own. Ideally, all three asanas should be done together, one after the other. However, those people who are short of spare time can practise dhanurasana as an alternative for the other two.


The Sanskrit word dhanu means 'a bow'. Therefore, this is called 'the bow pose', because in the final pose the body resembles a bow, the trunk and thighs representing the wooden part of the bow and the lower parts of the legs and the arms representing the bowstring. This is a perfect description of the asana.

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The Chakra Checklist

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