Anjaneyasana – The Low Lunge Pose

Anjaneyasana – The Low Lunge PoseAnjaneyasana – The Low Lunge Pose

What is Anjaneyasana?

This asana has lots of names. The name Crescent Moon is the form it takes.Also,’Anjaneya’ refers to the Hindu God Hanuman because his mother’s name was Anjani.

A standing asana, the Low Lunge Pose is great for athletes as it treats sources of the lower body, especially tight quads and hamstrings. Being a hip opener, it releases tension in hips, stretches groin. It also strengthens knees and builds focus by promoting balance. The Pose of Anjaneya, son of Anjani, helps build mental focus.

Caution: Patients with high blood pressure or a knee injury should avoid it.

Here’s a step by step guide:

  1. Start in Downward Facing Dog Pose.
  2. Exhale and step forward with your right foot and bring it next to your right thumb.
  3. Lower your left knee and place it in alignment with your right hip.
  4. Steady your stance, exhale. Inhale and raise your torso.
  5. Sweep your arms above your head in the Namaste position till your biceps are beside your ears.
  6. Exhale a third time and lunge deeper until you feel a stretch in the in the front thigh and groin.
  7. Stretch your lower back as you bend backwards trying to reach the back of your body with your thumbs.
  8. Gaze up at the sky.
  9. To release the pose, place hands on the mat and step back to Downward Facing Dog Pose.
  10. Now bring your left leg forward and repeat the step.

Anjaneyasana Benefits

1. It strengthens the quadriceps and gluteus muscles.

2. It stretches the hips.

3. It relieves one from sciatica pain.

4. It expands your chest, lung and shoulders.

5. It develops stamina and endurance in your thighs.

6. It improves your balance, concentration and core awareness.

Anjaneyasana Dos and Don’ts

Those suffering from high blood pressure and knee injuries should not practice this asana. People suffering from shoulder problems should also not do this asana. Those with neck and spinal injuries should not perform this asana.