Urdhva Dhanurasana is the Sanskrit name for upward facing bow pose. This deep heart opener is uplifting, energizing, and challenging. But challenging postures are some of the greatest places to work on staying present in the mind and steady in the breath. The challenge isn’t necessarily the full depth of the pose but your ability to really focus and pay attention. Before attempting this posture it is best to set an intention not simply aim for the fullest expression at all costs, but rather to approach it progressively, focusing on breath and creating an even arc in the spine.
Urdhva Dhanurasana strengths muscles in the arms and legs as well as creates mobility in the upper back, all of which help give stability to the spine and improves posture. It is also a deep stretch for the front of your body that opens the chest and shoulders, and lengthens the hip flexors, increasing mobility. If you wish to learn more come take class with us this week! We will show you how to properly warm and prepare the body and the mind for this space, as well as offer modifications to either take it down a notch or even explore greater depths.