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Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana

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One Legged Upward Bow Pose

Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana is an Asana. It is translated as One Legged Upward Bow Pose from Sanskrit. The name of this pose comes from eka meaning one, pada meaning leg, urdhva meaning upward, dhanu meaning bow and asana meaning posture or seat.


  1. Keep the trend of extending the leg out but coming into One-Legged Bridge. Place your hands to your low back for extra support.
  2. While in Urdhva Dhanurasana, inhale and extend the left leg upwards raising it off the floor balancing the body on right foot and both the arms.
  3. Here in Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana, the chest and the diaphragm open up the most giving the back bend pose a great look.
  4. Remain here as per the body comfort and if possible hold on for 3 breaths at least.[1]

Technique in pictures/animation


  • Increases feelings of self-love and compassion
  • Energizes both body and mind
  • Increases spinal flexibility
  • Soothes anxiety and depression
  • Promotes calm and serenity
  • Increases mental alertness
  • Improves balance[2]

Related Asanas

Special requisites

Initial practice notes


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