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Precautions Bow Pose

In this posture the hands are used like a bow-string to pull the head, trunk and legs up, while the body rests on the abdomen.

The alternating stretching and releasing of the abdominal muscles increases blood flow to this area and aids digestive disorders and discomforts.

The Rocking Bow yoga pose gives the internal organs a powerful massage. Initially, it is easier to lift the knees with legs apart; more advanced students should aim to perform the Rocking Bow with legs together.Regular practice of the yoga pose Bow (dhanurasana) develops internal harmony and increases vitality.

However beneficial the Bow posture is, there are some health conditions in which this Yoga pose should be avoided.

Three important reasons (out of many) not to do the Yoga pose Bow:

1) Anyone with a history of chronic back pain or acute back pain should not do this yoga pose.
2) During pregnancy avoid this pose as it increases pressure on the abdomen.
3) In case of hernia this yoga pose is better to be avoided as it increases intra-abdominal pressure which can exacerbate the hernia. (If you are having pain in the upper abdomen on the left side, especially after eating,it is better to seek medical advice before attempting this yoga pose).