Archery gives yogis a great metaphor for skill, strength, and alignment. In the Mundaka Upanishad, it’s stated that “om,” or our mantra, acts as a bow, creating the required building of energy and steadiness for the arrow (our individual soul) to reach the target (the universal soul). If we aim precisely, it is written, we, too, can merge with our target, just like the arrow. So join in this archery-inspired, hip-opening practice designed to help you build the focus and stamina to meet your goals!
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Kat Heagberg is the editor of Yoga International and has been teaching yoga since 2005. She loves to write about ways to make challenging poses more accessible, the power of language in yoga culture, and to offer encouragement and advice to new yoga teachers. Though she initially trained in alignment-based styles of yoga (which continue to inform her practice and teaching), Kat likes teaching vinyasa flow best of all. Read her work and take her classes here on Yoga International!