Asana: Anjaneyasana

3 Jan

Anjaneyasana (low lunge / crescent lunge pose) is a great warm-up pose for the Warrior postures.

Breathe slowly and fully as you practice, and come out of the pose by returning to hands and knees or coming to standing whenever you need to.  Notice sensation in your body, and please come out of the pose if you feel pain.  This pose should not be painful.

Anjaneyasana:

  • Stretches hip flexors
  • Balances the hips
  • Strengthens the abdominal core
  • Stretches & strengthens the shoulder girdle
  • Relieves sciatica

The crescent comes from the shape of the body when arms are extended overhead and back slightly, and gaze lifts up toward the sky.  Begin practicing this pose with the gaze forward and the arms straight up to find a strong core, and then you may choose to progress the pose gradually as strength, alignment and endurance builds.

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Approach these asanas slowly and mindfully. If something hurts, back out of the pose gently and reassess. Do not ever push through pain. The techniques and suggestions presented in these videos are not intended to substitute for medical advice. Consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program. Jessie Tierney and YogAscent/Horseback Yoga videos and website assume no responsibility for injuries suffered while practicing these techniques. If you are new to exercise or yoga, are elderly, have any chronic or recurring conditions such as high blood pressure, neck or back pain, arthritis, heart disease, and so on, seek your physician’s advice before practicing to determine necessary precautions.
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