Anjaneyasana (Crescent Low Lunge Pose) gets its name after Lord Hanuman’s mother named Anjani. Another name for Hanuman in the Hindu culture is ‘Anjaneya’. Lord Hanuman is referred to as the mighty God with boundless power and strength, and this pose brings in the same kind of power and strength when practiced the right way. This standing hip opener and a heart opener pose is sometimes also known as the Crescent Moon Pose because of how the body looks.
This pose is performed by stretching one leg behind and placing the other one in front with knee bent and foot on the floor. The arms are raised up with palms joined in Namaste and expanding the chest and stretching the neck. This yoga pose is also called Low Lunge as the shin and part of the thighs for the stretched leg are rested on the floor. This is the first and simple version of the Crescent High Lunge Pose.
Low Lunge Pose is considered a base pose as low lunge pose variations can be derived from this pose.Low Lunge Pose helps boost energy in the body and hence can be included in flow yoga sequences.
- Difficulty: Beginners
- Joint Mobility Direction: Longitudinal Stretch
- Poses According To Their Functions: Physical Training
- Poses for Your Legs Flexibility: Poses for Your Ankles Flexibility, Poses for Your Hips Flexibility
- Poses for Your Spine Flexibility: Poses for Your Chest Flexibility, Poses for Your Lower Back Flexibility
- Yoga Poses For Your Organs: Poses for Your Lungs
- Poses for Your Arms Flexibility: Poses for Your Shoulders Flexibility
- Poses By Benefit: Yoga Poses for Calmness
Benefits and Contraindications
Stretches and strengthens entire body
Tones abdominal organs
Stretches and strengthens hips, flexors, hamstrings, quadriceps, ankles
Stretches psoas and lower back muscles
Improves back strength
Opens chest and improves respiratory system
Calms the mind and balances nervous system
Knee injuries ( chair yoga is recommended)
Lower back and neck injuries (avoid back arch/keep hands on blocks or wall/eye gaze ahead.
Photo poses in different angles
When stepping back to lunge, keep front knee over the ankle. Then release back knee to mat, stabilise, and slide back knee along the mat to a comfortable stretch. Press front big toe mound into the mat to ground the foot. Sink the hips, sliding them forward. Now, allow the front knee to move in front of the ankle. When raising the arms, align biceps with the ears. To complete the pose, lift the sternum and arch the back to avoid compressing neck, when gazing upwards. Breathe normally.
- Low Lunge Pose Yoga Mudra
- Low Lunge Pose Torso On Leg
- Low Lunge Pose Side Bend Wrist Hold
- Gazelle Pose Aerial
- Low Lunge Pose Open Twist Hand On Thigh
- Low Lunge Pose Hands On Lower Back
- King Arthur Pose
- Downward Facing Dog Pose
- Three Legged Downward Facing Dog Pose
- Low Lunge Hands Tno Knee
- Half Splits Pose
- Downward Facing Dog Pose
- Revolved Crescent Low Lunge Pose Arms Spread Out