The second posture in the Balancing Series is Standing Bow Pulling Pose or Dandayamana-Dhanurasana. Like Standing Head to Knee Pose, many of the benefits of Standing Bow are mental. Standing Bow again forces the practitioner to focus on their posture, concentrate, have patience, and most importantly be OK with falling out. Every practitioner is going to fall out of Standing Bow, the important element is to get back in!
Standing Bow actively demonstrates the tourniquet effect we find in Bikram Yoga. It moves circulation from one side of the body to the other. When the student releases, circulation equalizes and the internal organs and glands are flushed with fresh, oxygen rich blood. It is truly cleansing the system from inside out.
Every yoga posture is toning, strengthening, and increasing flexibility of muscles some where in the body. Standing Bow focuses on the upper arms, abdominal wall, upper thighs, hips, and butt. Most of the body’s muscles are used in the posture, but the core focus is on the mentioned muscle groups. Not only is it working muscles, but Standing Bow also increases the size and elasticity of the rib cage and the lungs. As well as increasing the strength and flexibility of the lower spine.