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.
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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.