Half Bow Pose

Definition - What does Half Bow Pose mean?

Half bow pose is an intermediate yoga asana that serves as a preparatory pose for bow pose.

To enter the pose, begin lying face down on a yoga mat. Stretching the arms out in front, bend the left leg and grasp the ankle with the left hand. Keeping the right hand pressing into the ground, lift the left thigh off the floor while simultaneously lifting the torso and head, coming into a backbend. Breathe for a cycle of six to eight breaths then slowly lower the torso and head back to the mat. Repeat on the opposite side.

Half bow pose is known as ardha dhanurasana in Sanskrit.

Yogapedia explains Half Bow Pose

Half bow pose is an effective heart opener and spinal stretch. Additional benefits of this pose include:

  • Promotes spinal health
  • Tones the back muscles
  • Stimulates the abdominal organs and improves digestion
  • Promotes core strength
  • Energizes the body
  • Strengthens the respiratory system
  • Calms the mind
  • Boosts self-confidence

A yoga strap is a useful prop for this asana as it can help to hold the lifted leg in position. To deepen the pose, try holding the lifted leg with both hands.

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