Improves the functioning of the large and small intestines, the liver, kidneys, and spleen. It helps straighten rounded spines, relieves backaches, and improves pigeonchest by opening the rib cage, permitting maximum expansion of lungs and increased oxygen intake.
Bow also revitalizes all spinal nerves by increasing circulation to the spine. It improves digestion and strengthens abdominal muscles, upper arms, thighs and hips (it is especially good for increasing the flexibility of dancers’ hip joints). It also improves the flexibility of the scapula, latissimus dorsi, deltoid, and trapezius muscles.
3 Tips for Bow Pose:
- When grabbing your feet, make sure that you place your hands over the center of the foot between the toes and the ankle. Also be sure to keep your wrists strait.
- Before you start to kick be sure to bring your knees together so that while you’re kicking your knees stay in alignment with your hips.
- The kicking action is in two directions, both back and up. When you are kicking in both directions equally, the body weight will be in the soft part of your abdomen.