Stretches and strengthens legs, opens chest
Expands and strengthens lungs
Reduces fatigue, increases energy
How to perform crescent lunge
- Begin in Downward Facing Dog. Step your right foot in between your hands with an exhale. Rise onto your fingertips.
- Engage your back leg. Reach your arms toward the sky with an inhale, palms facing each other. Bring your torso upright.
- Bend your right knee with an exhale, bringing the thigh parallel to the floor. Align knee over ankle.
- Hold the pose and take slow, deep breaths.
- Lower to Downward Facing Dog with an exhale. Change sides.
- Lengthen tailbone toward floor
- Draw shoulders away from ears
- Lift back heel
- Align knee over ankle
- Draw lower ribs in and down
Modification: Keep your hands on your hips or back knee on the floor, toes untucked.
Avoid this pose if you have heart problems, high blood pressure, or knee injury.
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Crescent lunge (Anjaneyasana in Sanskrit) is a beginner yoga pose that belongs to the back bends and balancing and hip openers and standing categories. This asana targets calves and hamstrings and quadriceps and shoulders and also involves ankles and chest and glutes & hip flexors and knees and spine muscles. Crescent lunge stretches and strengthens legs, opens chest; rejuvenates abdominal organs and also reduces fatigue, increases energy. Refer to the illustration and instructions above for how to perform this posture correctly. Discover more yoga asanas and yogic breathing exercises in our free yoga pose directory.
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