Archer 2 Pose, Drawing the Bow, is one of the main standing postures in Rahini Yoga®. It's performed as a pose in and of itself and as part of the "Rahini Yoga Asana Flow".
Drawing the imaginary bowstring, aiming the arrow and releasing it -letting the arrow go - imparts the Archer with opportunity to let go and trust the flow of life.
Hence, this Rahini Yoga® Pose imparts vigor, vitality, self empowerment and an internal locus of control - awakening one's internal alignment with the present moment and outside influences.
In Rahini Yoga, when we are teaching this particular pose, we say, "Aim for the stars!" As a hidden meaning, "AIM" is the bija mantra or sound associated with the Goddess Saraswati or "Rahini". If you say it really slow, it sounds like ah-ee-mm. However, when you say it quickly, it sounds like “I’m” - where the “m” becomes nasal. Additionally, the Aim bija mantra, is also considered "energy of sound."
In its relationship with Saraswati, chanting AIM aids us in learning, being creative, expression, and internal and external communication. From an Ayurveda perspective, AIM represents the energy of sound, therefore strengthens the voice and the vocal chords, brings harmony to our inner voice and balances the throat chakra.
Archer 2 Pose, Drawing the Bow
Archer Pose 2, Drawing the Bow: Step-By-Step Instruction
In a standing position, with legs hip width apart, step back with your right leg, and come up onto the ball of the right foot (2 rooted points: underneath big & small toe). Bend the left leg (front leg) approximately 90 degrees (your left heel should be underneath the left knee). How far you step back will be determined by your comfort level, flexibility, leg length and ability to slightly place more of your body weight on the front leg and foot.
If its comfortable to do so, keep your hips level and squared to the front. Alignment Tip: Apply a gentle BRACE.
Looking forward, raise and extend your right arm out in front of you, above parallel to the ground. With the palm facing inward, make a fist, as if grasping a bow, with the thumb pointing upward. Gaze upward, slightly above the tip of the thumb. Alignment Tip: Be sure not to crank your neck when gazing upward.
Now, stretch your left arm back as if pulling a bow string to the shoulder, expanding, stretching and lifting your chest. Your left forearm and hand (fist) should be above parallel to the floor - in alignment with one another - with your left hand in a fist, again with the thumb pointing upward. Alignment Tip: Again be sure both arms are above parallel to the ground.
Hold the pose for 30 seconds.
Maintain your gaze or Drishti above the right fist and thumb.
"AIM for the stars!"
To exit, inhale deeply, then exhale and walk or hop the right foot forward, level with left foot. The feet should be hip width apart.
Switch side, and repeat with the other leg and arm.
Additional Rahini Yoga® Alignment Tips
Apply the "3 Roots of Rahini Yoga®" during the pose.
Check in with your "BRACE" as you hold the pose statically or moving dynamically, as in a vinyasa.
The thumbs of your hand can either be pointed upward or in a fist. The upward thumbs stimulates energy along your Lung Meridian.
B.R.A.C.E. during Archer 2 Pose, Drawing the Bow
Mindfully move the bottom of the sacrum and tailbone forward. This is a small shift compared to excessively "tucking your tailbone" (we don't want to do that).
Engage your abdominals by pulling your belly button in and up toward your spine. Keep your pelvic floor muscles energetically active.
Roll your shoulders back and down, engaging right between the shoulder blades.
R.A.P. during the Archer 2 Pose, Drawing the Bow (RAP is Technique Specific to Rahini Yoga)
Opening of your physical "heart space".
Freedom of your diaphragm (learn to coordinate the movements of your body with the breath so the diaphragm can provide important feedback about the physical space you have created for it).
The interplay of strength and mobility of you mid-back, thoracic spine. In Rahini Yoga, we consider the mid-back to be the workhorse and backbone of your heart and lungs!
Your breath: a physical awareness of your breath will create an energetic awareness of the vitality of your breath - "breath delight".
Inner and outer radiance - your "personal source magick".
Connectivity of your own innate personal power. Reclaim it, if needed.
Holding the Pose: Long Deep Breathing or Breath of Fire for 30 seconds-3 minutes.
Moving Dynamically ("Dynamic Archer 2 Pose, Drawing the Bow"): Ujjayi Breath or natural breathing.
Therapeutically: Breath Practice will Vary.
In Rahini Yoga, we believe if you are not clear when setting an intention in this particular posture, it will lessen your inner power and strength. Make your intention and then aim and shoot your arrow!
Just Some Class Intentions We Use when Aiming the Arrow or "hitting your mark":
One's individual faults, shortcomings or negative behaviors.
Insight, understanding, wisdom or enlightenment.
A solution to a troubling dilemma or an answer to a question you might have.
Stress, tension, agitation, anxiety or depression.
Improved health, energy, vitality and longevity.
Abundance or prosperity.
Peace, joy or happiness.
Negative thoughts, selfishness, jealously, pride or attachment.
World harmony, collaboration, peace or respect.
Breaking free from addiction.
SEVA or charity.
Compassion towards animals.
Building confidence or self esteem.
Your Personal Truth.
PTA: Patience, Tolerance, Acceptance.
Motivate, Empower, Inspire: (Měi: Beauty)
Your life purpose.
Healing the Earth.
KIND KARMA® - A Global Movement of Creating Loving Kindness.
"Archer 2 Pose, Drawing the Bow Dynamic Sequence"
Repeat Several Times
Archer 2 Pose, Drawing the Bow
Archer 1 Pose, Drawing the Bow
A Global Movement of Creating Loving Kindness