Pause & Pose: One-Legged Upward Bow Pose

Pause & Pose: One-Legged Upward Bow Pose

Time to kick it into high gear! This week's stretch with Jessica James (of WeHeartYoga) is a level three, but don't  let that discourage you. With practice, this pose is truly rewarding.

One-Legged Upward Bow Pose

Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana

Level 3

Benefits: This beautiful asymmetrical back bend stretches your shoulders, wrists, ankles, and spine, while building strength in your arms, shoulders, and legs. The energizing leg extension/back-bend combo helps build balance and stability in your spine, encouraging good posture and confidence.

Tip: Only attempt lifting your leg if you can hold full wheel with ease and proper alignment. Once you feel ready to add the leg extension, be sure to keep your glutes soft and the inner thigh of your grounded leg softening toward the ground. The leg extension should feel uplifting and empowering. If you feel the urge to tighten your glutes and thrust your hips upward to get your leg to the sky, skip this variation until you can lift with ease. Your body will open over time, don't force it.

Now go pause, pose, and find peace!

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