Akarna Dhanurasana – The Posture of the Shooting Bow

Akarna Dhanurasana Yoga Pose

Akarna Dhanurasana yoga pose is similar to bow. When the bow’s string is pulled to shoot an arrow, then it acts as a spring due to the elastic action. In this posture, the shape of the body is made like a shooting bow. The elasticity of the muscles also works in the same manner as a shooting bow.

How To Do Akarna Dhanuraasana

  1. Sit on the ground with your legs extended in front of you. The heels and the toes should be placed together and both the arms should be placed close to the body and the neck should be straight.
  2. Bend the right leg and place it on die left leg. With the help of the left hand, hold the toe of the right foot. Simultaneously, hold the toe of the left foot with your right hand.
  3. Breathe in and pull your right hand (together with your left foot) upto your ear
  4. Remain in this position for sometime and thereafter, straighten your leg.
  5. Do the same exercise with the left leg.
  6. You should breathe in while pulling your foot to the ear and breathe out while coming back to the normal position.

Benefits of Akarna Dhanuraasana

This posture is very beneficial for the persons, whose nature of work demands continuous sitting for hours. With this posture, legs and the arms get complete exercise. This results in strengthening the muscles and providing flexibility to them. Muscles of the waist and shoulders also become strong. Those whose hands tremble while they write, or those suffering from paralysis of one side of the body, greatly benefit from this posture. This posture strengthens the glands situated in the forelegs. This posture also benefits the stomach and liver.

Precautions of Akarna Dhanuraasana

  1. When you are pulling your foot to your ear, your body should be straight.
  2. Initially, it will be difficult to touch your toe with your ear. Therefore, practice this posture with some patience over a period of time.


This is a posture of physical exercise and does not require any meditation.

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