Standing Archer Pose (Akarna Dhanurasana) is often part of Kundalini Yoga kriyas geared towards the expansion of energy and self, as it helps open up your psychic channels to promote the greater flow of energy and power. It works on all the chakras of the Kundalini Yoga Seven Chakra System simultaneously, helping them open, heal and balance.
This pose is considered a warm-up yoga pose to prepare the body for more intense yoga poses.
It is worth to mention, that many yoga poses have multiple titles because of differences in their Sanskrit to English title translation or a specific title becoming popular because of its common usage amongst yoga teachers and yoga practitioners. Below are common titles of Standing Archer Pose:
- Warrior Pose Archer Arms
- Virabhadrasana Archer Arms
- Standing Archer Pose
- Viparita Virabhadrasana Archer Arms
Benefits and Contraindications
Helps you feel grounded, strong, and self-assured
Strengthens your nervous system and core strength
Increases the strength of the Radiant Body
Builds power in the navel center
Increases focus, steadiness, courage, fearlessness, and willpower
Helps to open, heal, and balance all chakras
High blood pressure
Neck problems: Don't turn your head to look over the front hand; continue to look straight ahead with both sides of the neck lengthened evenly.
Photo poses in different angles
- Do not move your torso left or right or back and forth. Your torso should be strictly above the pelvis.
- A straight line from coccyx to crown
- Mula and Uyana bandhas are active
When you’re done, gently come out of the posture, bringing the feet closer together, and meditatively relax in Tadasana (Mountain Pose, keeping the feet close & parallel to each other, arms relaxed by the side of the body). Before moving on to the other side or into the next posture, breath long and deep and give yourself the chance to feel your body, the breath, the life inside of you, and the expansion of your energy beyond the physical body.