This asana makes the body appear as if someone has stretched the arrow all the way back on a bow with the intent of hitting a target. Hence, the name "Akarna Dhanurasan".
1. This asana is like a blessing for students and those engaged in the occupation of writing.
2. Hands, legs, shoulder joints and tendons and backbone receive adequate exercise from this and become sturdy which makes the body supple.
3. It is a mild exercise for the stomach and chest which helps get rids of minor ailments in those regions.
4. Coughing, asthma and T.B. can be alleviated to a great extent.
5. It makes the lungs strong and enhances chest growth.
6. Back pain, aches around the neck, indigestion, constipation, arthritis, pain in leg joints can all be alleviated using this asana.
7. Irregular menstrual cycles, complaints pertaining to baby birth and similar pains around pelvis region experienced by women can be alleviated by practice of this asana.
This asana can be performed in two ways.
Sit down on the floor with your legs stretched out straight. Then, using your left hand, grab the largest toe of your right leg and vice versa. Now, gradually pull back the right elbow. While doing so, bend your left leg such that it pulls back upto your right ear. The folded elbow of your right hand must rest above your head. Make sure your right leg is straight. Hold your breath for a while and release gradually. Repeat this process for the other leg too.
Caution: People suffering from serious ailments of legs, pelvic region and stomach must not perform this asana.
- Rishi Prasad Oct 2013