Anjaneyasna or Low Lunge pose is a basic posture that is practiced in most of the yoga classes with several variations and modification. It helps to improve strength and flexibility in hips, legs, abdomen. shoulders, arms, legs and knees. It also opens up the chest & lungs. English name for this pose is ‘crescent moon’ pose or ‘low lunge, mainly because of the shape it takes in the final posture.
Step by Step Instruction for Anjaneyasna or High Lunge Pose
1) Start with Downward facing dog pose or Adho Mukha Svanasna.
2) Exhale and move your right foot forward and place in between the hands. Line up your right knee over your right ankle.
3) Lower your left knee on the floor. Move the left foot back until you feel a stretch in the muscles of the groin.
4) The front of left foot should face the ground.
5) Now inhale and lift your body in vertical position.
6) Extend arms to the top such that these are perpendicular to the ground. Palms facing each other and place your biceps besides your ears.
7) Draw your tail bone towards the Earth.
8) Try to push your chest and back towards the spine.
9) Raise your head high.
10) Extend your fingers towards the ceiling.
11) Be in the final posture for a minute.
12) Now to exit the pose, bring your hands on the floor and step back to the downward facing dog pose.
13) Repeat above steps with the left foot forward.
Benefits of Anjaneyasna or Low Lunge pose
1) Expand the chest, lungs and shoulders
2) Develops stamina and endurance in the thighs.
3) Improve overall body balance, concentration and awareness.
4) Relieves tension in the hips.
5) Stretches quadriceps, hamstrings and groin.
6) Improves flexibility.
7) It helps to stimulate reproductive organs and also aids in digestion.
Caution and Precaution:
1) Avoid the posture in case of knee injuries and high blood pressure.
2) When you feel any pain while doing this asna then you should stop immediately.
1) People with shoulder pain/problem should not raise their arms above their head, they can place their hands on their front thigh or form Anjali Mudra.
2) To challenge your body balance, try this pose with the eyes closed.
Over to you
Anjaneyasna is a basic pose that is included in almost all of the yoga practices. This pose tones up the lower part of the body. There are various ways of achieving perfection in the pose, the basic of which is discipline and consistency . You should also read below interesting posts as well: