Anjaneyasana – Low Lunge, Crescent pose
The name Anjaneya is known to be the Hindu god Hanuman, Hanuman is the main character of the famous epic Ramayana.
Anjaneyasna is the basic yoga pose. Almost all the yoga classes teach with several modifications and many variations.
The name Crescent pose is typically used in English. The name half-moon pose is also referred sometimes.
This pose helps to Stimulating the heart chakra.
A step by step guide :
- Start with a Downward Facing Dog position which is also known as Adho Muka Shvanasana in Sanskrit.
- Put your right knee in alignment with the heel.
- Keeping the right knee like this, bring your lower knee towards the floor.
- Slide the left leg back until you enough to feel a slight stretch at the front of the right hip.
- The upper part of the left foot should be touching the floor.
- Bring your arms above your head in the Namaste position till your biceps are beside your ears.
- Gaze the sky by looking upwards while holding the body vertical.
- Now, lift your body and make it upright.
- Bring your arms to the sided and upwards.
- Repeat all above the steps with the left leg.
- Hold every step with the same period of time as followed above.
Benefits of doing this asana:
- Tones legs and hip muscles.
- Lengthens the muscle fibre.
- Provides relief from sciatica.
- Helps to increase the blood circulation.
- Develops endurance and stamina in your thighs and hips.
- Strengthens and engages the flexibility with focused attention and breath.
- Expands the lungs, chest and shoulders.
- Helps to Improve the balance and concentration
Precaution and advice:
For those people who are suffering from,
- Heart problems,
- High blood pressure,
- Knee Injuries,
- Shoulder problems,
- Neck and spinal Injuries
- Should perform this yoga with Professional Yoga guidance and special care and awareness or shouldn’t perform this pose.
- A proper time gap with each step will help to maintain a good blood circulation and Increase the benefits.
- If it seems difficult to do in the beginning then you can do this pose with the wall’s support.
- Doing this pose with closed eyes will increase your balance( Highly recommended to try this)
- Please, Do not raise your arms overhead, if you have any back or shoulder injury. Rather you can place your hands on front thigh.
- Get a regular practice for better results.