Low lunge pose (Anjaneyasana)
Low lunge or the anjaneyasana is a beginner’s pose. It’s full body stretching yogasana. The preparatory poses for low lunge pose are such as downward facing dog (adho mukh svanasana), wide legged forward bend (prasarita padottasana) , hero pose (virasana). Chair pose ( utkatasana). The follow up pose for low lunge are warrior 1(Virbhadrasana 1). Warrior 2 (virabhadrasana 2), high lunge (Alanasana).
- Start the pose with downward facing dog pose (adho mukh svanasana).
- Exhale and bring your right foot forward, between your hands.
- Lower your left knee to the floor, sliding the foot back until you feel a nice stretch in the left hip and thigh.
- Keep the hips low and at level with each other.
- Inhale and lift your chest away from your thigh. Lift your arms up alongside your ears.
- Keep your tailbone down and your belly drawn in and up.
- Gently bend your back with your gaze to your thumb or look straight ahead.
- Hold the pose for 5-10 seconds in the beginning.
- To release the pose exhale and bring your hands down and step back to downward facing dog.
- Repeat the same with other leg.
- This pose strengthen the back, leg and shoulders.
- It stretches the thighs, hips and feet.
- This pose is great alternative to warrior 1 pose if you have hip or knee problem.
- It is helpful in improving balance and focus.
- It is curable in sciatica problem.
- It improves blood circulation.
Contradiction/ Precautions :-
- Those who have heart problem,should not practice this pose.
- Your front knee should be directly over the shoulder while practicing this pose.
- It is a chest opening variation is to bring the arms behind you as if pointing diagonally down to the back foot or clasp hands behind your back.
- Or place the hands on the lower back with the fingers facing up to the waist.
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