Bikram Yoga Chicago

Standing Bow Pulling aka Dandayamana-Dhanurasana

Like camel posture, standing bow posture seems to exist on the extremes of Bikram practitioners – for some being their favorite posture and for others being their most loathed. Love it or hate it, this posture is a perfect example of the “tourniquet” effect in Bikram yoga, because it transfers circulation from one side of the body to the other and then equalizes it. Standing bow posture is a very comprehensive posture, improving the flexibility and strength of most of the body’s muscles.

Benefits of Standing Bow Pulling Pose

  • Stimulates the cardiovascular system
  • Increases circulation to the heart and lungs
  • Opens diaphragm
  • Opens the shoulder joints
  • Helps with frozen shoulder conditions
  • Improves the elasticity of the spine
  • Improves strength and balance firming the abdominal wall and upper thighs while also tightening the upper arms, hips and buttocks
  • Increases the size and elasticity of the rib cage and lungs and improves the flexibility and strength of the lower spine
  • Helps to reduce abdominal fat
  • Standing Bow moves all the blood from one side of the body to the other, then back again.
  • It develops balance, increases the size and elasticity of the rib cage, firms the abdominal wall and upper thighs.
  • It improves the flexibility and strength of the lower spine.
  • Standing Bow builds patience, determination and concentration.
  • Increases circulation to the heart and lungs
  • Improves elasticity of the spine
  • Creates marriage between strength and balance
  • Activates digestive system

Tips for Standing Bow Pulling Pose

  • Grab the ankle joint and keep a good strong grip using all five fingers
  • Start with your knees together
  • Raise arm up to and continuously stretch it up toward the ceiling
  • Make sure to keep your knee locked
  • Charge your body forward
  • Feel your spine arching backward as you kick
  • Keep imagining seeing your foot coming over the top of your head more and more

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