Crescent Lunge, or Anjaneyasana, is a full-body strengthening pose. You’ll also enjoy a deep stretch in your hip flexors and upper body.
Not sure where to start? We’ll help you build the pose from the ground up.
- From Downward Facing Dog, step your right foot forward between your hands for low lunge
- Point the toes of both feet directly forward. Your feet should be hips-width distance, or even wider, for balance
- Press your left heel back and squeeze your leg straight
- Bend into your right leg and stack your knee over your ankle
- Using the strength of your core, reach your hands to the sky with palms facing each other
- Tuck your tailbone under and draw your ribcage in, similar to Warrior 1
For beginners, this is a great place to stay and strengthen.
For a more advanced version, bring a crescent shape into the pose:
- Interlace your hands overhead and point your index fingers to the sky
- Look up
- Pull your biceps in line with your ears
- As you lift your heart center, press your hips forward for a gentle backbend
MODIFICATION: KNEE ON THE MAT
Drop your left knee to the mat for more stability and support.
To come out of the pose, place your hands on the mat and step back to Downward Facing Dog. Then, switch sides.
A mistake some may make is setting up with a base that’s too narrow. Instead, Set up the pose with your feet at least hips-width distance. If your heels are in line, you’ll find that it’s far more difficult to balance.
Add this pose into your yoga practice when you need a hip-opening stretch. Try holding for five to 10 breaths per side.