Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Bow / Wheel) – Overview

Lesson Overview

  • Features: Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Bow / Wheel), and related poses such as Drop Back and Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana (Upward Facing Two Foot Staff Pose)
  • 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.

Urdhva Dhanurasana

OORD-vah don-your-AHS-anna

“urdhva” = upward

“dhanura” = bow

Upward Bow Pose

Also known as: Wheel

Drop Back

Moving from Tadasana to Urdhva Dhanurasana

Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana

Upward Facing Two Foot Staff Pose

Heart of Pose



Also called Chakrasana (Wheel Pose) by some. Other sources who use the term Chakrasana are referring to an advanced vinyasa (see Ashtanga Yoga 1999 p 120 for the vinyasa)

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