“As impossible as this pose seems the first time you try it, it is the pose people seem to resent the least–and are the most anxious to perform and perfect. It just looks so pretty!” ~Bikram Choudhury
Like Standing Head to Knee, this pose helps develop concentration, patience and determination. Physically it develops balance, firms the abdominal wall and thighs, and tightens upper arms, hips, and buttocks. It increases the size and elasticity of the rib cage and the lungs and improves the flexibility and strength of the lower spine, legs, hips and shoulders.
Creates natural irrigation of the circulatory system – transfers blood flow from one side of the body to the other.
Stretches diaphragm and ribcage improving respiration (breathing).
Flushes kidneys, bladder and urinary system.
Alleviates gas, constipation and clears digestion.
Develops determination, patience and self-confidence.
Standing bow-pulling pose is incredibly effective at flushing the circulatory system. The pose moves blood flow from one side of the body, forcing it into the other and creating a profound circulatory flush. Standing bow is a very expressive pose, helping to open the shoulders, hips, and spine to release emotion and stress. As in Standing Head to Knee, the position of the chest increases pressure on the heart to stimulate and exercise the cardiovascular system.
“By moving inward into yourself, as you do in Yoga…you will discover huge, totally unsuspected sources of strength, of energy, of power…You are imploding.” -Celeste
“Arch your head and spine ever more backward. If you begin to lose your balance, raise your arm and head higher and kick harder upward and backward.”–Bikram, as quoted by studio manager Heather Dunghe
Thank you to Bikram Yoga San Antonio and Bikram Yoga East York for contributing to this post.