Common Problems and Misalignments for Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Facing Bow)

There are some common problems and misalignments for Urdhva Dhanurasana that you should look out for when doing this pose. 

  • Feet and knees turned out
  • Glutes are clenched (which tightens the lower back) 
  • Hands are curled an/or weight is on the outside of the palm
  • Pelvis is not lifting (which compresses the lower back)
  • Elbows are bent
  • Trapezius are clenched and around ears
  • Legs are pressed straight
Check your Urdhva Dhanurasana and see if you need to make some adjustments in order to be more safe and feel better in the pose. 


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