Definition - What does Dvapada Dhanurasana mean?
Dvapada dhanurasana is an intermediate yoga pose that involves an inversion and a backbend. The name comes from the Sanskrit dva, meaning “both”; pada, meaning “foot”; dhanura, meaning “bow-shaped” or “curved”; and asana, which means “pose” or “posture.” In English, it is known as bridge pose on elbows.
From setu bandhasana (bridge pose), bend the arms and bring the forearms alongside the head, resting them on the ground with the fingers pointing toward the feet. Then rock onto the crown of the head while straightening the legs and arching the back.
Yogapedia explains Dvapada Dhanurasana
Dvapada dhanurasana can be thought of as dhanurasana (bow pose) reversed, or flipped on its back. It has numerous physical, emotional and spiritual benefits. As an inversion, dvapada dhanurasana is believed to open and balance the sahasrara (crown) chakra, which is associated with pure consciousness. It is considered the connection to the divine creating power and the higher Self.
Other benefits of dvapada dhanurasana include:
- Boosts focus and memory
- Eases stress, anxiety and mild depression
- Boosts energy and reduces fatigue
- Is therapeutic for insomnia, osteoporosis and asthma
- Stimulates the pituitary and thyroid glands
- Strengthens and stretches the legs, arms and spine
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