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Your Body – Archer’s Pose (Akarna Dhanurasana)

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We are suggesting some selected Yog Asanas to rejuvenate your body. Next in the series is:

Archer’s Pose (Akarna Dhanurasana)


The pose is highly effective in improving seated balance and adding grace to the stride. While improving core strength, it also provide relief in constipation. Practicing it regularly will gift you an athletic strong built. However, it must be avoided in hamstring injuries as the pose stretches hamstrings and might worsen your condition.


Inhale and gradually bend forward to grab your toes with both hands in a Paschimottanasana. Ensure not to bend your back. Keep it straight.

Draw your right foot close to your torso while maintaining grip on the left foot.

Gradually, lift your right foot upwards towards your ear and stretch back as much as possible. Your right arm should directly point to the toe with your gaze fixated on toe like an archer eyeing his target.

Hold the position for 15-30 seconds while feeling the stretch in your hamstrings.

Gently exhale and revert to the starting position.

Now, repeat the pose with stretching back the left leg. This will complete one cycle of Archer pose. Do it twice in a practice along with other poses.

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