Akarna Dhanurasana

Definition - What does Akarna Dhanurasana mean?

Akarna dhanurasana is a seated yoga posture that develops courage. The name is derived from the Sanskrit akarna, meaning "near the ear," dhanur, meaning "bow," and asana, meaning "posture."

To enter this pose, begin in dandasana (staff pose). Hold both big toes as in paschimottanasana (seated forward bend). Bring the right foot toward the torso and hold it high by the side of the right ear. The body should resemble an archer with a bow.

Akarna dhanurasana is also referred to as archer pose in English.

Yogapedia explains Akarna Dhanurasana

Akarna dhanurasana promotes flexibility and boosts respiratory function. It also works at the mental level too. Some of the mental health benefits of this asana include:

  • Improves concentration
  • Creates self-awareness
  • Helps with meditation

In spiritual practice, akarna dhanurasana stimulates the anahata (heart) chakra. This promotes unconditional love and compassion.

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