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Dhanurasna Bow Pose

Dhanurasna Bow Pose

In ancient yoga, as well as in modern science, the spinal cord is the most important and most subtle part of the body. The yoga asanas are designed to cultivate the root of our tree of life, the spinal column. Today we are going to talk about Dhanurasana, a yoga pose (or asana) that focuses on developing the spine.

Dhanurasana is made up of two words: dhanu which means bow and asana which indicates yoga pose. The name of this asana is a contribution towards the final position of the body that is equivalent to a bow. The abdomen and thigh represent the wooden part of the bow whereas the legs and arms represent the bowstring.

This is one of the most important yogic postures. It is known for many health benefits including belly fat reduction, strengthening the lower back, treating asthma, making your entire spine flexible and supple, and so on.

How To Do It?

  • Lie on the ground (on stomach) facing downwards.

  • Relax completely with 2-3 breaths.

  • Inhale slowly and starts bending your legs backwards and catch the ankles with the hands as shown in the above image.

  • You will see that your body is now in the shape of a bow.

  • In this position, your whole weight will come on your abdomen. Only your stomach and pelvic area will touch the ground.

  • Hold this position for a few 15-20 seconds and continue taking a deep breath. You can increase the time after practicing this.

  • Now after 15-20 seconds exhale slowly and come back to starting position.

  • Repeat this cycle 4- 5 times daily.

Dhanurasana & Weight Loss

If you are looking for losing weight from your belly and hips then this yoga posture is for you. Dhanurasana, also known as bow pose stretches and tones your core muscles. It also stretches the muscles of your glutes, thighs, and hamstrings, helping you give them a defined shape.

Continuously doing this asana will help you get rid of belly fat for sure. Other than aiding the weight loss process, some of the other added benefits of including this asana in your routine are highlighted as under:-

Benefits of Dhanurasana

  • This asana is effective for curing constipation, improving digestion, and appetite.

  • It also helps in treating obesity, rheumatism, and gastrointestinal problems.

  • It improves the functioning of the liver, pancreas, small intestine, and big intestine.

  • It gives flexibility to the back by strengthening back muscles and releasing pain.

  • Strengthens the ankles, thighs, groins, chest, and positively targets the functioning of the kidney and liver.

  • Cures respiratory disorders.

Note: Be sure to use a premium yoga mat for a firm base.

Who Should Not Perform This Asana?

1. The person suffering from high blood pressure, back pain, hernia, headache, migraine, or abdomen surgery should avoid doing this asana.

2. Ladies should not practice yoga during pregnancy.

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