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Dhanurasana (Bow) – Overview

Lesson Overview

  • Features: Dhanurasana (Bow), and related poses such as Ardha Dhanurasana (Half Bow) and Parsva Dhanurasana (Side Bow)
  • Objective: Become knowledgeable about the pose and review detailed teaching considerations.
  • Description: Explain the Sanskrit naming; contraindications and cautions; associated benefits and typical effects; instructions and cues for setting up and practicing the pose; variations to meet particular intentions and needs; and more teaching considerations.

Dhanurasana

don–yur–AHS–anna

“dhanu” = bow

Bow Pose

In Bikram Hot Yoga, called Floor Bow Pose

Heart of Pose

  • Backbend
  • Chest Opener

Notes

  • Back strengthener
  • Considered a relatively intense stretch of front body & spine, calling for warm-up beforehand
  • Salabhasana (Locust) & Bhujangasana (Cobra) often used as preparation or part of backbending series
  • Known for countering rounded shoulders
  • See Cautions regarding low back, knees & neck

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