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How to do Bow Pose

Welcome our monthly Kids Love Yoga (#kidsloveyoga) series!

Each month, we feature a new yoga pose, along with pictures of children from around the world practicing the pose.

Our most popular page is the list of kids yoga poses, so we wanted to share your pictures of children practicing the various poses every month. This month’s focus pose is Bow Pose.

This is a new pose for my daughter. We didn’t practice this posture when she was an infant because of its intensity and difficulty. To be honest, I find back-bends extremely challenging because of the inflexibility of my spine and shoulders. But as we practiced some ocean animals yoga poses today, we gave the Bow Pose a go!

Join us for this month’s pose: Bow Pose

Sanskrit name:  Dhanurasana


  • Stretches the chest, shoulders, arms, abdomen, and thighs.
  • Strengthens the back and leg muscles.
  • Improves posture.
  • Aids digestion.
  • Helps to invigorate the body.

You could pretend to be: a fish, whale, or anemone.


Lie flat on your tummy with your arms alongside your body, your palms up. Bend your knees, flex your feet, take a deep inhale, lift your chest, and look forward. Then reach your arms back towards your toes and grab your ankles.   Ensure that your knees remain hip width apart while you are in the pose. You might need to squeeze with your thighs a little. Come out of the Bow Pose on an exhale and take a rest for 20 seconds to stabilize your spine. Then rest in Child’s Pose to release your lower back.

If you have lower-back problems, please be careful when practicing this pose. The focus is on lengthening your spine, not on making a perfect U shape. Listen to your body. Look straight ahead during the pose, because looking up might put strain on your neck and cause an injury. Bow Pose is not recommended if you are pregnant.

Bow Pose pictures -- A Kids Love Yoga series on Kids Yoga Stories


Pictures of children in Bow Pose from our fellow yogi and blogger friends:

Bow Pose for Kids by Ahhsana YogaAhhsana Yoga

 Bow Pose by Kids YogaverseKids Yogaverse

 Bow Pose by Rene H.

Rene H.

Bow Pose by Crystal's Tiny TreasuresCrystal’s Tiny Treasures

 Bow Pose by Jennifer TammyStudy at Home Mama

 Bow Pose by Kids Yoga Stories

Kids Yoga Stories

Bow Pose by Crafty Moms ShareCrafty Moms Share

Bow Pose by Kids Yoga StoriesKids Yoga Stories

Flying Bow Pose by Denise O.Flying Bow Pose
All Kids Yoga

Bow Pose video:

YouTube video


Find Bow Pose in our ABC yoga book:

The ABC's of Australian Animals: A Kids Yoga Alphabet Book by Kids Yoga Stories Bow Pose found in The ABC's of Australian Animals by Kids Yoga Stories


Or check out our other yoga stories for kids:

Yoga kids holding Kids Yoga Stories books


Other Kids Yoga Poses Links:

Boat Pose
Downward-Facing Dog Pose

List of Kids Yoga Poses


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