DANDAYAMA DHANURASANA - Standing Bow Pull Pose, Bikram Yogasanas

 Standing Bow Pull Pose
Like camel posture, standing bow posture seems to exist on the extremes of Bikram practitioners – for some being their favourite 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.
 Standing Bow Pull 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

Tips For Standing Bow Pull 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 foor coming over the top of your head more and more


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