Uttitha Ardha Dhanurasana – yogic posture for inner balance

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Yogi practices have wonderful effects on our physical structure: improving flexibility, toning and elasticizing muscles and improving or even curing certain health problems.

But when we begin to enter the traditional yoga universe we discover that this is much more than a sport, it is a science of life.

In addition, it has much broader effects than those visible on the physical body, but unfortunately, most yoga classes, which we can meet in our country and beyond, is limited to specifying the physical benefits.

One of the wonders of this melenary discipline, yoga, is that it gives us accessible and effective tools to be able to access the various states we want, and even to change or control our state at will.

A tool in this direction, suitable even for beginners is Uttitha Ardha Dhanerasana .
It can be translated as the posture of the raised half of the arc and is one of the beautiful, appealing yogic techniques, both when we look at it and when we execute it, by the state it gives us.

Benefits of the post

Uttitha Ardha Dhanerasana has the effect of developing a special inner balance,which we can then manifest in any activity.
This state of balance leads to harmony, fine intuition and refinement.

In addition, the posture
-energizes and elasticizes joints
-amplifies the ability to maintain physical balance and improves the functioning of the vestibular system
-fortifies legs, torso and arms
-enriches our being with a firm, open and balanced body attitude

Execution technique

The Technique of Execution Uttitha Ardha Dhanerasana is a polar posture, so it has two variants, on the left and right side. Laterality is given by the part on which the half of the arc between a foot and a hand is performed.

To make the variant on the left side,we position the right foot on the ground, which must finally be straight at the knee. We stretch the right hand parallel to the ground, aim an imaginary point in front of us slightly below the horizon line and with the left hand we catch the left foot making a spring as high as possible.

We don’t push, we focus more on maintaining a steady state and then improving our posture.
The efficiency of the posture including the balance is proportional to the degree of interiorization.

The variant on the right side runs similarly, but positioning the left foot on the ground, the arc being made on the right side.

Breath must be free, quiet.

If the structure does not allow, we can achieve the posture by touching as easily an object with the outstretched hand or with the pelvis or other part of the body, just for minimal support of the equilibrium state.


There are no significant contraindications other than those specified by common sense.

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