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. Repeat on the opposite side.

Half bow pose is also known as ardha dhanurasana in Sanskrit.

Yogapedia explains Half Bow Pose

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. For a more challenging version, begin in tabletop pose then stretch one leg up and back as the hand on the same side reaches back to grab the ankle.

Physical benefits of this pose include:

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


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