Yoga | Ardha Dhanurasana – Half Bow Pose

The second of my ‘Yoga’ series, The Ardha Dhanurasana is another easy pose that you can practice anywhere you like. This is a backbend that can be done lying on your belly, in standing pose or even the way I am doing it in the image below. Doing the pose lying on your stomach is the easiest and toughest while standing since that involves the additional ‘balance’ factor. The half bow pose done on the fours is slightly easier since there is lesser need for balance.

Ardha Dhanurasana literally means Half Bow Pose ( Ardha= Half; Dhanur= Bow )
Yoga | Ardha Dhanurasana - Half Bow Pose

This asana stretches your spine and opens up your chest which gives space for your heart to grow and expand that does not come from regular breathing patterns. This in-turn boosts your energy levels and even improves your mood.

How to do it:

~ Get on all fours with your arms perpendicular to the floor and palms under your shoulders in a straight line.
~ Try balancing on your twos by extending your left arm and right leg straight out.
~ Then reach out behind you and hold your right foot with your left hand.
~ Stabilize yourself in this position. Then try to raise and bow your leg as much as you comfortably can while exhaling.
~ Try and maintain this stretch for 5-8 breaths or longer if you wish.
~ Bring down your arm and leg while exhaling on to all your fours.
~ Repeat the same for the opposite limbs.

Note of Caution: If you find it difficult to curve your spine to form the bow, start with just simply holding your foot with the hand like in the image. Remember, slow and steady wins the race. If you feel any “crunching” or discomfort in the back, especially the low back, be sure to try easier modifications.

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Before this I had introduced ‘Vrksasana’ on the blog. View it HERE.

Vrksasana | Tree Pose | Akanksha Redhu

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  • Reply March 26, 2015


    lovely! can’t wait to try this out myself.

  • Reply March 26, 2015


    wow! amazing form. brilliantly executed. you are so inspiring

    • Reply March 27, 2015


      Thank you so much. Your comments are very encouraging too! 🙂

  • Reply March 27, 2015


    this seems easy enough to do but yes, probably cant do this in formal pants or skirts. Waiting to try it out.

  • Reply March 27, 2015


    People say it’s so good to practice yoga, but I confess I never could see me, or feel like doing it… but meditation, yes. I promised to myself that one day I will try yoga and seeing this post gives me inspiration!

    • Reply March 28, 2015


      Thank you so much for your comment Denise! I’m glad I have provided you with even a little bit of inspiration.

  • Reply March 27, 2015


    very nice. Wish I could do this here outside in London every morning….

    • Reply March 28, 2015


      Thank you so much Sarah. Heheh yes I can imagine that must be challenging!

  • Reply March 28, 2015


    it would be great if you could do yoga poses that help in losing weight too

  • Reply April 1, 2015


    looking forward to more yoga posts from you!

  • Reply November 24, 2018


    beauty full pictures, very good information for me i am yoga trainer in delhi, thank you for sharing.god bless you.

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