Crescent Low Lunge Pose

Crescent Low Lunge Pose

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.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1
Start in Adho Mukha Svanasana / Downward Facing Dog.
Step 2
As you exhale, step your right foot forward, between your hands. Lower your left knee to the floor, sliding the foot back until you feel a nice stretch in the left hip and thigh.
Step 3
Keep the hips low and level with each other.
Step 4
As you inhale, engage your lower belly and lift your chest away from the thigh, sweeping the arms up alongside your ears.
Step 5
Look straight ahead or come into a gentle backbend with your gaze to your thumbs.
Step 6
s you exhale, lower your hands back down and step back to Downward Facing Dog.

Benefits and Contraindications

Benefits

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

Contraindications

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

Tips

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.

Modifications & Variations
  • 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
Top Preparatory Poses
  • Downward Facing Dog Pose
  • Three Legged Downward Facing Dog Pose
  • Low Lunge Hands Tno Knee
Top Follow-Up Poses
  • Half Splits Pose
  • Downward Facing Dog Pose
  • Revolved Crescent Low Lunge Pose Arms Spread Out

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In love with yoga and everything that goes along with it. Iana has been actively practicing yoga for 5 years. In addition to practice, she studies various aspects of yoga philosophy, yoga anatomy, biomechanics, and holodynamics.