Dhanurasana is an asana of the second series. It's one of the poses that comes before kapotasana. It prepares for the deep back bending to come. The pose itself is a challenge. The knees shall be together. This repuires strength.
I was shown how to get into the asana and this makes a difference. First I keep the chin on the floor, while moving the legs upwards. This gives me stability. Then, when I've reached the limit I move the chest upwards. It's done with one inhaling.
How to get into an asana can make a difference. Try it.
Yesterday was Sunday and I practiced at home. I did second series only till kapotasana. Then I was done. I was so stiff. Every movement was an effort. Yet this lousy practice prepared the body for today. Today every pose felt good.
3 more practices at Airyoga with MSch this week, on Friday is a moon.