After an inspiring weekend of watching competitors with next to perfect standing bows at the International Bishnu Ghosh Cup Hatha Yoga Championships, OMB gives you a breakdown of the pose.
Standing Bow Pulling Pose
- Gulteus Maximus
- Shoulders -Trapezius / Latisimus Dorsi
- Groin – Sartorius / Hamstrings
- Chest – Pectorals / Diaphram / Ribcage
- Circulatory System
- Digestive System
- Reproductive System
- Urinary System
- Endocrine System
- Creates natural irrigation of the circulatory system – transfers blood flow from one side of the body to the other
- Clears plaque off artery walls
- Helps to stimulate circulation through out the body
- Eases back pain through compression of the spine
- Improves elasticity of the spine
- Tones hips and buttocks
- Trims and strengthens the thighs
- Strengthens the ankles and knees
- Opens the shoulder joints, helps with frozen shoulder
- Helps alleviate carpal tunnel, arthritis, tennis elbow
- Helps with cervical spondylosis
- Good for prenatal recovery
- Stretches diaphragm and ribcage improving respiration (breathing)
- Flushes kidneys, bladder and urinary system
- Alleviates gas, constipation and clears digestion
- Improves balance
- releases shame, abandonment
- resolves issues of self-worth, fear of betrayal
- develops determination, patience
Be sure to start with the knees touching together to ensure balance.
Keep your weight toward the front of your foot, watch that the weight does not move into the heel as you initiate your kick
Always remember that, “kicking and stretching are 50/50, equal, simultaneous.” When you increase the force of your kick you must also increase the energy of the arm stretching toward the mirror to maintain your balance.
Just as in standing head-to-knee, the standing leg is your foundation, keep the knee locked with a firm contraction of thigh.
Bikram’s dialogue says to touch the shoulder to the chin, not chin to the shoulder. Keep your chin lifted and extend the arm forward to bring the shoulder and chin together, helping to promote the proper alignment of the shoulders.
BREATHE, try to take a few focused deep breaths in the pose.
On the inhales, harness your energy and stretch the arm forward, on your exhale deploy that energy into your kick.
OMB is going to teach, posture tips from the pros to come tonight!