Standing bow pose is considered beneficial for the body in a number of ways. As well as cultivating the physical benefits of backbends, it is thought to:
- Improve balance
- Expand the ribcage to improve respiratory capacity
- Strengthen the core and thighs
- Increase the flexibility of the spine
Like many postures in Bikram yoga, the main benefit of standing bow pose is to stimulate and then equalize the blood circulation across the two sides of the body.
It is said that students should stay in the first stage of the pose with the body upright for 10 to 15 seconds, then lean forward, extending the front arm straight ahead, while pressing the foot and ankle into the back hand.
Standing bow pose is an advanced posture, and it is important that beginners do not expect to achieve the full expression of the pose immediately.