Bhima posture

Ruth Boaler

Dru Yoga teacher trainer and Physiotherapist

Ruth began practising yoga 30 years ago and her passion to want to help people’s health and wellbeing led her to train as a Physiotherapist in 1985. During...

Bhima Posture

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Anouschka Dack
3 mins

Join Ruth as she takes you though the Bhima posture

The Bhima posture strengthens your legs and opens the chest. It begins the process of freeing and balancing the lower centres of Mooladhara, Swadhisthana and Manipura. These 3 energy centres are the main primal emotional centres that govern fear, attachment and ego. In the western world these centres are particularly weak due to the fast, competitive world and stressful lifestyle we often experience. By working with this posture on a regular basis, you will begin to turn the tide on these emotions and allow these centres to work for you and not against you.

This is a strong sideways stretch that also tones the thighs whilst giving the intercostal muscles along the rib-cage a great stretch. If you have any knee problems, please don't bend too far into the stretch. For neck or shoulder problems keep the upper arm at vertical and look straight ahead rather than turning your gaze up to the raised hand.



  1. You may wish to repeat this posture 2 or 3 times to each side extending into the stretch further each time.
  2. Breathe in as you raise your arms and exhale as you lower them to your sides.


This posture has been taken from the Vitality Sequence class by Ruth Boaler. Watch the full class here...


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