Akarshan Dhanurasana - Pulled Bow Pose
"Akarshana" means 'pulled' and "dhanur" means 'bow' in Sanskrit. In this pose the final posture resembles an archer when taking aim before shooting an arrow.
- Sit erect on the floor, with hands on the sides and legs stretched out together.
- Keep your palms resting on the floor.
- Bend your right leg at the knee, cross it over your left leg and place the foot near the left ankle.
- Hold the big toe of the right foot by forming a finger lock with your thumb, index and middle fingers.
- Similarly catch your left big toe with the right hand.
- Inhale slowly and raise your right foot at the level of the right arm pit.
- Try to touch your right big toe to the left ear.
- Simultaneously, the right hand should be pulling the left toe.
- Concentrate your gaze on the toe of the outstretched leg.
- Exhale slowly and lower your right leg and place it near the left ankle.
- Release the big toes and bring the legs back to the starting position.
- Repeat the same on the other side.
- All parts of your body get stretched.
- The arms, shoulders, chest and back gain strength with regular practice.
- Akarshan Dhanurasana helps get thighs and waist into shape.