“Yoga 4 Love’s Big Book of Yoga Postures” Lisa Ware E-RYT 500:
Mimics the shape of a bow with its strings stretched back ready to shoot an arrow.
Stimulates the organs of the abdomen and neck. Stretches entire front of the body. Increase the challenge by performing the pose with your thighs, calves, and inner feet touching. If it isn’t possible to hold your ankles, wrap a strap around the fronts of your ankles and hold the free ends keeping your arm fully extended.
“The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga” Srivatsa Ramaswami:
While exhaling bend both your knees and catch your ankles with the respective hands. Then while inhaling raise your head and chest, and pull both your legs up with your hands.
“Chakra Meditation” Swami Saradananda
Help to open your heart Chakra. Aim your legs as high as possible. Look up and hold for 30 seconds, then relax. Repeat 2-3 times.
“The Heart of Yoga” T.K.V. Desikachar
It is essential to rest between an intense back bend such as bow. We have to give ourselves this rest even if we do not feel the need for it. It gives us the opportunity to feel the effects of the posture and allows the muscles time to return to their balanced state.
“Healing Yoga” Swami Ambikananda
This posture acts powerfully on the psoas muscle. Important to stretch the quadriceps before attempting this pose. Careful not to let your shoulders crunch up around your ears. Keep the back of your neck lengthened by looking straight ahead rather than upwards.