Yoga Pose Breakdown: Anjaneyasana - Lunge Pose

Sanskrit Name: Anjaneyasana
Anjaneya = Son of Anjani
Asana = Pose

Get Started: 

  • 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.

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