The archer’s pose is a basic pose and can be practiced by beginners’. It is a pose that is usually practiced in kundalini yoga.
Sit down on the floor with your legs spread out straight in front of you. Your legs should be spread apart. Keep your spine erect, bend forward and hold the big toe of your right leg with your left hand. Clasp your toe tightly with all the fingers and the palm of your hand.
Archers Pose Yoga
Hold the big toe of your left leg with your right hand in a similar manner as above. Your hands should be crossed over each other in such a way that your right hand is over your left. Now pull your right leg towards your torso. Raise is higher so that the big toe of your right foot touches your left ear.
Remain in this position for at least 30-60 seconds. Continue to breathe normally during the pose. Release from this position by first bringing your raised leg to the floor and then releasing the toes. Repeat the same exercise with the other leg. Once you are comfortable with this asana, you can practice it by holding your breath. You can then exhale and release from this pose.
Benefits of the archer’s pose
- This pose enhances blood circulation to all the veins of the body.
- It is beneficial for people who sit for long hours at their desks. It stretches their arms, legs, shoulders, back, waist thighs and heels.
- It fights stiffness in the hips
- Relieves from problems of constipation
- Promotes balance and grace
- Therapeutically the archer’s pose helps people who suffer from paralysis, gout, liver and intestinal disorders.
As a beginner, this works on your entire body. If you are finding it difficult to raise your leg to the ear, don’t force yourself. Raise it as high as you can and once you develop the flexibility, which comes through practice, you will be able to do it with ease.