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Strike a Yoga Pose: Headstand Bow

If Wheel is one of your favorite poses, here's a variation that takes the weight from your hands to your head. It's similar to Bow pose, but it's upside down.

Sanskrit Name: Sirsa Dhanurasana
English Translation: Headstand Bow Pose

To learn the prep pose to get into this keep reading.

  • Lie on your back, bend your knees, and place your feet flat on the ground with your heels as close as possible to your bum.
  • Bend your elbows and place your palms flat on the ground above your shoulders, so your fingertips are facing your feet.
  • As you inhale, press into your palms and lift your head and shoulders off the ground, placing the crown (top) of your head on the mat. Check to make sure your feet are parallel.
  • Reach your hands up and find your feet. If you can, hold onto your ankles. If your feet seem too far away, readjust your head so it's a little closer to your heels.
  • Stay here for five deep breaths, and then let go of your ankles and lower your hips back to the floor. Hug your knees into your chest to release your lower back.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
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Fitness Fitness 8 years
Yes, I think having flexibility in your back definitely helps. It shouldn't strain your neck, but if it does, just keep weight in your hands.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
I love wheel pose but this looks like it may strain the neck if you are not flexible enough in the back. Does it put a lot of strain on the neck? I like to vary my wheel pose by going down on my elbows and then clasping my hands while looking at my feet.
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