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Akarna Dhanurasana yoga pose steps and benefits

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Akarna Dhanurasana Yoga: When you remain in Akarna Dhanurasana, you will have to pull the toes (alternately) up to the ears akin to an archer pulling the string of a bow as he prepares to shoot the arrow. In Sanskrit ‘Akarshana’ means to pull and ‘Dhanus’ refersto the bow.
Akarna Dhanurasana yoga
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Methodology of Akarna Dhanurasana yoga

  • Sit down upright.
  • Stretch out your legs.
  • Keep the legs close together.
  • The palms will have to be placed on the ground on both the sides.
  • Bend the right knee.
  • Cross the left leg.
  • Place the right heel on the floor.
  • The right heel will have to lie beside the left ankle on the ground.
  • Grasp your right toe with the left thumb, middle and index fingers.
  • At the same time, catch hold of the left toe with the right thumb, middle and index fingers.
  • Slowly inhale deeply.
  • Keep the head erect.
  • Pull up the right foot till your right knee is beside the right armpit and even as the right toe touches the left ear.
  • At this time the right hand should be pulling the left toe.
  • As you pull the toes concentrate your gaze at the toe of the outstretched leg. (In this case, your eyes must be looking at the left toe).
  • Gradually exhale.
  • Even as you exhale return the right foot to the ground on the left side of the outstretched left leg.
  • Release the hands.
  • Slowly stretch the legs side by side in front.
  • This completes the first part of the posture.
  • Complete the round by repeating the action on the other side.

Advantages of Akarna Dhanurasana yoga

  • Within a short time several parts of your body get stretched effectively.
  • Your calves, thighs, back, waist, chest, shoulders and the arms become well proportioned and developed.

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AP.Ravichandran 13/02/2024 - 3:26 am

Pl guide whether Akarna Dhanursana can be practised by Glaucoma patient


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