Upward Bow Pose
Dhanurasana (dah-noo-rah-sah-nah[needs IPA]; Sanskrit: धनुरासन; IAST: Dhanurāsana), Bow Pose, or sometimes Urdva Chakrasana (Upward Wheel Pose) is an asana. The name comes from the Sanskrit words Dhanura (धनुर, Dhanura) meaning "bow", and Asana (आसन, Āsana) meaning "posture" or "seat". Dhanurasana is a yoga pose in which the practitioner lies on the belly, grasps the feet, and lifts the legs into the shape of a bow.
- Stretches the chest and lungs
- Strengthens the arms and wrists, legs, buttocks, abdomen, and spine
- Stimulates the thyroid and pituitary
- Increases energy and counteracts depression
- Therapeutic for asthma, back pain, infertility, and osteoporosis