The Bow Pose opens the rib cage, allowing the full expansion of the lungs, and increases lung capacity. The elongation of the spine improves blood circulation and revitalizes all of the nerves throughout. This pose strengthens the spine along its length and helps back problems (there is a pressing and stretching the back of the spine). This posture also helps digestive problems, constipation, bronchitis and diabetes. Additionally, it improves the function of the large and small intestines, liver, kidneys and pancreas. This pose stretches and strengthens the abdominal wall, and strengthens the arms, thighs and hips.