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Yoga Styles & Poses

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The high crescent lunge is a dynamic yoga pose that embodies strength, balance, and poise. As practitioners extend one leg forward into a deep lunge while keeping the back leg straight and engaged, they engage their core and cultivate stability. The arms can be raised overhead, fingertips reaching towards the sky, enhancing the stretch through the torso and arms. This posture encourages focus and concentration as individuals find alignment within their bodies, fostering a sense of groundedness and empowerment. It symbolizes reaching for growth and expansion while remaining rooted in one’s foundation, making it a deeply enriching posture both physically and mentally within the practice of yoga.

How do you do High Crescent Lunge?

Step 1.

You can enter this pose from various positions; ie. standing at the top of your mat or a downdog. Step your feet apart with your right foot forward and the left leg extended long back behind you, stacking the back heel over the ball of foot.

Step 2.

Bend your right knee to a 90 degree angle, allowing the pelvis to be neutral, stacking the back heel over the ball of your back foot.

Step 3.

Sweep your arms up, drawing your biceps to frame your ears, palms facing each other and reaching through fingertips

Step 4.

Zip up the front of your belly, stabilizing the pose with your core strength. Lengthen your tailbone down to find length in the lower back.

Step 5.

Squeeze your inner thighs energetically towards one another to hold the shape and track your front knee right over your toes.

Step 6.

Gaze straight ahead or slightly upward. Feel your stance deepen as your chest and fingertips lift higher using the oppositional force to balance.

Benefits of High Crescent Lunge

Deeply stretches the hip flexors of the back leg, including the psoas and rectus femoris muscles. This can help alleviate tightness and improve flexibility in the hips.
Helps to improve balance and stability by enhancing proprioception (awareness of body position) and coordination, reducing the risk of falls and improving overall stability.
Provides both strength and stretch to the hamstrings, beneficial to those who have weak and tight hamstrings which can contribute to lower back pain and poor posture.
Opens the heart and chest, encouraging deep breathing and promoting a sense of expansion and openness.

Variations of High Crescent Lunge

Trunk Twist: arms can come into a goal post arms, or hands behind skull and twist left and right; or a T shape (one arm forward, one arm back to twist, keeping torso aligned over hips)
If you have a sensitive lower back, deepen the bend in your back knee to further lengthen the tailbone, encouraging neutral pelvis
Can add arm swings, or bend and straighten front leg

Other Yoga Poses to Try

  • The Downward Dog yoga pose, known as “Adho Mukha Svanasana” in Sanskrit, has a rich history rooted in ancient yoga traditions. The pose finds its origins in the practice of Hatha Yoga, a branch that focuses on physical postures to

  • The 4-Limbed Staff yoga pose tones the arms, strengthens the core, increases upper body strength, and prepares the body for arm balances and inversions.

  • The forward fold yoga pose, also known as Uttanasana, is a fundamental posture that embodies a gentle surrender and deep release within the practice.

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