Archer Pose

Last Updated: September 1, 2017

Definition - What does Archer Pose mean?

Archer pose is a seated yoga posture that requires a fair amount of flexibility. Archer pose resembles an archer aiming at a target, which is the inspiration for its name.

To perform this pose, the practitioner assumes paschimottanasana (seated forward bend). One foot is brought toward the body and lifted high so it's beside the ear. The elbow lifts up so that the arm points down toward the toe. This is then repeated on the opposite side.

Archer pose is also called akarm dhanurasana in Sanskrit.

Archer Pose

Yogapedia explains Archer Pose

Archer pose develops courage in the practitioner and offers a number of physical benefits, including:

  • Strengthens respiratory system
  • Improves digestion
  • Strengthens the legs
  • Tones core muscles
  • Relieves back pain
  • Improves flexibility
  • Promotes elasticity of joints and thighs
  • Treats menstrual issues

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