Bow Pose (Dhanurasana) is terrific for those suffering from diabetes. As well as strengthening the back and thigh muscles, it also is beneficial to the kidneys. It helps tone the heart and lungs, and is good for digestion.
Bow Pose – How To
1 Lie face-down with your hands by your side, forehead on the ground.
2 Bend your knees and bring your heels towards your buttocks.
3 Reaching back, grasp your ankles,inhale, pulling your legs off the ground and your chest and head. You should feel the weight oredominantly on your stomach.
4 Breathe evenly through your nose. Close your eyes, or look ahead and upward through the space between your eyebrows.
5 Release your ankles, exhaling, bring your body back to the mat and relax.
This pose should be avoided by those with a weak heart, or if you suffer from high blood pressure, hernia, colitis, peptic or duodenal ulcers.
Related terms: Warrior 1 Pose, Half Moon Pose, Frog Pose, Fish Pose, Peacock Pose, Cow Face Pose, Locust Pose, Mermaid Pose