Spotlight On: Anjaneyasana (Low Lunge)

Photo by: Peter Constantinople

Photo by: Peter Constantinople

Why practice Anjaneyasana?

    • Physical Benefits:

        • Stretches the quads (thigh) and hip flexors (front of hip) of your back leg

        • Stretches the gluteal muscles (back of hip) of your front leg

        • Strengthens your abdominals (core muscles) and erector spinae (back muscles)

    • Energetic Benefits:

        • Grounding

        • Inspiring

        • Focusing

        • Energizing

        • Calming

How to?

- From downward facing dog, step your right foot up next to your right thumb

- Lower your back knee and untuck your back toes

- Align your front knee with your front ankle

- Squeeze your inner thighs in towards one another

- When you feel solid in your foundation, with an inhale breath, reach your arms forward and up to the ceiling

- Stay, and breathe, for about 5-10 full rounds of breath

- While holding the pose, refine it by:

            • Sinking your hips any amount further forward and down

            • Rising up any amount taller through the crown of your head

            • Expanding across your chest

            • Drawing your front, bottom ribs in towards one another

            • Pressing the top of your back foot actively down into the floor

            • Pressing the big toe mound of your front foot actively down into the floor

- When you’re ready to come out of the pose:

            • Bring your palms down to the floor underneath your shoulders

            • Step your right foot back into downward facing dog

            • Repeat on your left side