Yoga Pose: Wheel, Upward Bow (Ūrdhva Dhanurāsana)

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  • Ūrdhva Dhanurāsana

  • ūrdhva = upward
  • dhanu = bow
  • āsana = posture
  • Alt. Name:
    Upward Bow
  • Category:
    Arm and Leg Support / Backbend
  • Difficulty:
    Expert
  • Description:

    Pressed up from a supine position, lying on your back, the palms are rooted into the earth with the fingers pointed towards the heels. The feet are grounded. The hips are pressed up. The thighs are rotated inward. The thoracic spine is arched creating a strong crescent arch along the spinal column. The gaze is forward.

  • Benefits:

    Strengthens the arms, wrists, legs, buttocks, abs, and spine. Stimulates the thyroid and pituitary. Increases energy and counteracts depression. Therapeutic for asthma, back pain, infertility, and osteoporosis.