In Ashta Chandrasana or Crescent High Lunge Pose, ‘Ashta’ means ‘Eight’ and ‘Chandra’ means ‘Moon’ in Sanskrit. While the English term for this pose here is Crescent High Lunge Pose, this yoga pose is a standing balancing asana and is close to the Warrior family of poses Warrior I Pose Warrior II Pose Warrior III Pose Reverse Warrior Pose.
Ashta Chandrasana is also considered as a preparatory pose for Virabhadrasana I or Warrior Pose I. In the title Crescent High Lunge Pose, the word ‘Crescent’ comes from how the body in this pose resembles the shape of the moon at the waxing or waning period.
A high lunge is considered a dynamic pose whereas a low lunge is a beginner’s pose where the knee rests on the floor behind. To lunge here means “throwing” of the body towards the floor while not really touching the floor. Wide apart feet create a great stretch to the hamstrings and the hips.
Ashta Chandrasana is considered a base pose as ashta chandrasana variations can be derived from this pose.Ashta Chandrasana helps boost energy in the body and hence can be included in flow yoga sequences.
Benefits and Contraindications
Helps with mobility in the hip-flexors and the feet.
Strengthens the legs.
Improves balance and stability.
Low or High Blood Pressure:
Knees or the hips injuries
Photo poses in different angles
To improve balance, rest the thigh of the forward leg on a chair seat.
- Seated High Lunge Pose Backbend Wheel
- Crescent High Lunge Pose Variation Arms Forward
- Runners Lunge Pose Head To Knee
- High Lunge Pose Backbend
- High Lunge Pose Side Bend Wrist Hold
- Crescent High Lunge Shoulder Opener
- Revolved Lunge Pose Block
- High Lunge Pose Variation Arms Behind
- Runners Lunge Pose
- Downward Facing Dog Pose
- Three Legged Downward Facing Dog Pose
- Warrior Pose II
- Revolved High Lunge Pose
- Warrior Pose III