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Yoga Pose: Crescent Lunge

August 14, 2013

Anjaneyasana (Crescent Lunge)

Crescent Lunge 1

Benefits

Opens the hips, cultivates balance, strengthens knees, stretches hamstrings, quads, and groin. (Great for yogis prepping for hanumanasana (the splits)

How To

1. Begin in low lunge with your right foot forward and drop your back knee to the mat. (Feel free to use a blanket for cushion if you need more support.)  The top of your left foot should be resting on the back of the mat

2. Place your hand on your right knee and your right knee directly over you ankle.

3. On your next inhale lift your arms to frame your ears and draw your shoulders away from your ears. Take steeple grip with your hands

4. As you exhale sink deeper in your hips  bring length to your back leg and keep your back foot straight.

5. Once you are ready, take a gentle backbend, tracing your gaze from the ceiling  to the back wall as you shine your heart forward.

Cresent Lunge_2

Precautions

If you feel pain in the front knee lift the hips a bit more.

Modifications

Lower hands to either side of the mat for more support or for more of a shoulder opening.

~Namaste, Sihnuu

Cresent Lunge 3

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