I'm restarting the asana of the week posts. It’s not intended for home-practicing complete beginners as I am not going to give step-by-step instructions. You can find that in a variety of other sites and videos though. What I’ll do is give some more information on the postures that you’d usually do in one my classes.
Type: backbend, chest-opener
Name: Dhanu= bow. It’s called that because your spine is bent like a bow.
Important: Your feet should be active to protect the knees and you shouldn’t make sudden movements while in the posture. Try not to balance back and forth if possible.
Stretches thighs, ankles, hips, pelvis, belly/abs, chest, spine, shoulders, neck/throat and front torso
Strengthens the back
Massages the abdominal organs
Improves breath and posture
Therapeutic for mild back pain
Helps constipation, anxiety and fatigue
Good for PMS
Don’t do this posture if you have high or low blood pressure, severe back or neck injuries or any heart problems