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Yoga Styles & Poses

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The Low Crescent Lunge, also known as Anjaneyasana, is a yoga posture that embodies a graceful balance between strength and surrender. In this pose, the practitioner sinks into a deep lunge, with one knee bent and the other extended behind, creating a long line from the back heel to the crown of the head. The arms may be extended overhead or placed on the front thigh for support, allowing the chest to open and the heart to lift. Low Crescent Lunge invites a sense of groundedness and stability through the connection with the earth, while also encouraging a gentle opening through the hips and heart. It symbolizes the journey of transformation and growth, as the practitioner finds both strength and softness within the posture, fostering a deeper connection to body, breath, and spirit.

How do you do Low Crescent Lunge?

Step 1.

Start in downdog. Step your right foot forward in between your thumbs. You can use your hands to help guide your foot forward.

Step 2.

Drop your back knee down to the mat, bending the front knee at a 90-degree angle.

Step 3.

Extending your spine long, sweep your arms overhead and lift your chest and torso as you lengthen the tailbone down, stretching your hip flexors.

Step 4.

Ground firmly into the feet, isometrically dragging the front heel and back knee towards each other. Activate the inner thighs to keep yourself stable.

Step 5.

As you reach up, feel the rib cage lifting away from your hips to create space on the sides of your waist. Allow your shoulders to soften down and away from your ears.

Repeat on the left side.

Benefits of Low Crescent Lunge

Stretches the hip flexors and muscles of the hips
Stretches and strengthens the quadriceps
Opens the chest
Lengthen the side body

Variations of Low Crescent Lunge

Blanket or padding under the back knee if you have sensitive joints
Keep a right angle in the legs focusing on length in the spine and active engagement of leg muscles as opposed to a passively held deep backbend
Add arm variations to broaden collarbones (cactus arms), create space in the back of the shoulders (eagle arms), fold forward, or add twists.

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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