Sanskrit Name: Anjaneyasana
Anjaneya = Son of Anjani
Asana = Pose
- Begin in Downward-Facing Dog
- Step your right foot forward between your hands, aligning your right knee over your heel
- In this variation, lower your left knee to the floor and slide your left knee back until you feel a stretch in your front thigh and groin
- Lift your torso upright as you sweep your arms out to the sides and up, your fingertips should face each other and extend toward the sky
- Draw your tailbone toward the floor and lift your pubic bone toward your navel
- Lift your chest and draw your shoulder blades down your spine
- Take your head back and look up
- Hold and breathe
Benefits: This pose releases tension in the hips, stretches the hamstrings, quads and groins, strengthens the knees and helps build mental focus.
Contradictions: Practice with caution if you have heart problems.
Know Your Asana: This pose is a matronymic for Hanuman whose mother's name is Anjali.