What is Archer Pose?
Archer pose, or akarna dhanurasana in Sanskrit, is a seated posture that builds core strength while improving flexibility in the hips and legs. The final posture resembles an archer stretching his bow, hence its name of archer pose.
- Begin in staff pose.
- Hook the first three fingers of the right hand around the right big toe and the first three fingers of the left hand around the left big toe.
- Exhale and bend the right leg and elbow, lifting the knee up and back. Keep the left leg straight.
- Breathe while holding the pose.
- Exhale and release. Change sides.
- Avoid this pose if there shoulder or hamstring injury.
Benefits of Archer Pose
- Improves flexibility in the legs
- Encourages proper elimination
- Stretches the spine
- Tones core muscles
- Relieves back pain
Archer Pose Details
- Sanskrit Name
- Akarna dhanurasana
- AH-kar-nah dhon-oor-AH-sah-nah
- Pose Level
- Padayoragre (Tip of the toes)
- Pose Type
- Balancing, Core, Hip Openers, Seated Poses, Strength