Akarna Dhanurasana, also known as the Archer Pose, is a challenging backbend asana that can help to improve flexibility and strengthen the muscles of the back and arms. To come into Archer Pose, start in a standing position with your feet about hip-distance apart. Bend your right leg and bring your right foot to the outside of your right hip.
Reach your right arm behind you and take hold of your right ankle or foot. Keep your left arm extended out in front of you, parallel to the ground. Inhale and lift your left arm up, reaching toward the sky.
As you exhale, hinge at the hips and lean your torso forward, pulling your right foot towards your head and straightening your left arm. Keep your gaze fixed on your left hand.
Akarna Dhanurasana can be a challenging pose, and it is important to listen to your body and only go as far as you feel comfortable. It is also important to keep your core engaged and your neck relaxed while in the pose. If you have any lower back or shoulder injuries, it is best to avoid this pose or to practice it with caution and under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor.