Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Bow Pose) stimulates the nervous system and opens the heart, and can leave you glowing with energy and vitality. It can also be used for gaining clarity and focus. In this video sequence, created for the September issue by Natasha Rizopoulos, learn how to apply Patanjali's wisdom of "effort toward steadiness of mind" as you execute preparatory poses like Downward-Facing Dog, Handstand, King Arthur's Pose, and Bridge Pose, on your way to the ultimate backbend.
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