Bow Pose - Child's pose Safety Persons with the following...

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Amber Hedges Yoga 165 April 27, 2008 The Bow Pose The bow pose, also known as Dhanura-asana in Sanskrit, in yoga, the body takes the shape of a bow, drawn tight as if it were about to shoot an arrow. The stretched arms and lower legs come to shape a taut bowstring, while the lower half of the body and the thighs resemble the wooden handle of the bow.
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Sequence: 1. Lie with your abdomen, chest and chin resting on the ground. 2. Stretch the arms on the sides. Keep the feet a little apart. 3. Bend the legs backwards and grasp the corresponding ankles firmly. Make sure your shoulders are relaxed and not at your ears. 4. Hold the arms stiff and straight. Keep the knees sufficiently apart. 5. Inhaling, pull the legs slowly upward towards the ceiling Keep elbows straight for safety 6. While pulling hard against the ankles, lift the rest of your body upward all together until the body is balanced on the navel region 7. Hold your breath and maintain the posture until you feel the strain. 8. Exhaling, return slowly to the starting position and go into the counter pose:
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Unformatted text preview: Child's pose. Safety Persons with the following conditions should not partake in this pose: 1. Back or Knee injuries 2. Hernia 3. Women who are pregnant Improperly executed, this pose could compromise the knees and the spine. Because the spine is placed out of alignment and pressure is applied, this pose can lead to ruptured disks. Any backward extension of the spine should be done exclusively using the back muscles and should never be forced. In addition, the spine should always be extended fully from the hip bones to the head before moving into any pose. Benefits There are several different categories of benefits. The first is the physical. The physical benefits of this pose are: 1. Increases strength and flexibility of the entire spine are. 2. Stretches the neck, shoulders, arms and legs 3. Massages the digestive organs The next benefit category is the mental: 1. Improves concentration...
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