The next time you find anyone slouching their shoulders, it will remind you of the arch of a bow.
And the next step would be to practice the asana that would bring a confidence to your posture.
One of the most effective ways to prevent problems with the spine is to maintain proper back posture. Poor back posture is one of the leading causes of chronic soreness in the neck, back, and surrounding muscles.
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When done to perfection, Dhanurasana is a superb back strengthener. In Dhanurasana you extend the body back into the shape of a bow as the arms reach back straight and taut, forming the “string” of the asana. Arching the body backward opens the chest and provides a powerful stretch for the front of the shoulders and the quadriceps. Regular practice of this pose helps keep the spine flexible and counters the tendency to slump forward.
Dhanurasana is dynamic and energizing—stretching the front body increases the flow of blood to the digestive tract and enhances the efficiency of the stomach, liver, and intestines, while contracting the back body stimulates the kidneys and adrenals. This pose enhances the backstrengthening and catching the feet or ankles integrates the posture. It can also compress the back. For this reason, it’s important to create space between the vertebrae and to stay as relaxed as possible while you’re in the pose.
Patanjali in the yoga Sutra says “Sthiram Sukham Asanam” which is translated as “steadiness” and “ease.” If you don’t feel steady and at ease in this asana, back off to easier versions until you do. Challenge yourself but don’t strain. You do not have to catch your feet or ankles to gain great benefit.
Since Dhanurasana provides an intense stretch of the shoulders, spine, and thighs, warm up these areas properly. Begin with Balasana (Child’s Pose) and bring awareness to the lower back. On an inhalation, come onto all fours.
Next exhale and stretch back to Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose). Inhale back to all fours and exhale to Balasana, repeating this series of linked poses five or six times, synchronizing movements with your breath.
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