Half Monkey / Half Split
Deeply stretches hamstrings and groins
Brings fresh blood to pelvic region
How to perform half monkey / half split
- Begin in Equestrian with your right leg back. Extend your left leg forward with an exhale and flex your foot.
- Support your weight on your fingertips. Energetically pull your left heel toward you.
- Bend forward with an exhale, keeping your head in line with your spine. Inch your foot forward as your flexibility allows.
- Hold the pose and take slow, deep breaths.
- Drag your front leg toward you with an inhale. Change sides.
- Energetically drag front heel toward you
- Flex front foot
- Keep head in line with spine
- Lengthen spine
Modification: Stay upright.
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Half monkey / half split (Ardha Hanumanasana in Sanskrit) is a beginner yoga pose that belongs to the forward bends and hip openers categories. This asana targets calves and glutes & hip flexors and hamstrings and also involves knees and spine muscles. Half monkey / half split 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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