Anjaneyasana is also called the Crescent Moon Pose or Low Lunge Pose due to the form the body assumes in the final position of this Asana.
The Anjaneyasana or Crescent Moon Pose stretches the thighs and groins and opens the chest. It stretches the gluteal and quadriceps muscles, which improves balance, concentration and core strength of the body as well.
Anjaneyasana combines grounding and expansion. It lengthens and stretches the quadriceps and psoas muscles and also extends the lower back and expands the chest and abdomen. It is energized as it also stabilizes balance and makes your posture better.
Technique of practicing Anjaneyasana or Crescent Moon Pose
To practice Anjaneyasana or Crescent Moon Pose, enter Ado Mukha Svanasana or Dog Downward Facing.
- As you exhale, move your right foot forward between your hands. Your right knee will be aligned or in line with the heel in this position.
- Remain in this position and lower your left knee and place it on the floor behind your hips.
- As you inhale, raise your torso and raise your hands above your head and your palms are facing in such a way that your arms are touching your ears.
- Make sure your arms are perpendicular to the ground in this position.
- Also, try to push your pubic towards the navel and also try to push the tail bone down.
- Exhale in this position and make sure your hips sit forward and forward and feel a very good stretch in the front of your leg and hip flexors.
- Stretch your arms so that you feel a stretch on your sides and torso.
- Try to look up so that your hand and back are turned slightly back.
- You can also raise the knee of his left leg from the ground to reach the full crescent position. However, don’t stretch if you can’t get into the full crescent position.
- Stay in this position for a few breaths or a few seconds.
- Maintain your breathing pattern while in this position.
- Slowly release the pose by lowering your arms and placing your hands on the mat.
- Bring your left knee to the front and reenter with Adho Mukha Svanasana.
- Practice the same posture by changing the legs or bringing the left leg forward this time.
Breathing Pattern to Follow while doing the Anjaneyasana or Crescent Pose
The breathing pattern is important when doing Anjaneyasana or Crescent Moon Pose:
- Exhale as you move your leg behind your body.
- Inhale, raising your torso and hands above your head.
- Exhale, after receiving in the final position of asana.
- Hold your breath in the end position of Anjaneyasana or Crescent Moon Pose. Take deep inhalations and exhalations.
Benefits of Anjaneyasana or Crescent Moon Pose
- If you include Jnana mudra with Anjaneyasana or Crescent Moon Pose, it is said that the concentration and calm received after practice are great. How this mudra is directly connected to the wisdom of the human being and helps you to be more receptive to the gifts of God.
- The Anjaneyasana or Crescent Moon pose is beneficial for strengthening the quadriceps and gluteal muscles, thus improving balance and strength of the body.
- Another added benefit of Anjaneyasana or Crescent Moon Pose is that it stretches and strengthens the shoulders, lungs, and opens the chest.
- It helps relieve back pain and helps eliminate conditions like sciatica.
- Regular practice of Anjaneyasana or Crescent Moon Pose helps increase concentration and develops core body strength.
- Helps to develop resistance in the thighs and develops resistance and calms the mind.
- With regular Anjaneyasana or Crescent Moon Pose practice, your body is energized and your hip and thigh muscles are toned.
- Anjaneyasana helps relieve tension in the hips, making them toned and supple.
- The knees are also strengthened with regular Anjaneyasana practice.
- Growing children can practice Anjaneyasana to increase height. Strengthens the body and prolongs the body.
- Regular practice of Anjaneyasana or Crescent Moon Pose restores body energy and reduces body fatigue.
- Increases flexibility and helps eliminate stiff legs.
- Including Anjaneyasana in your daily yoga practice keeps the risk of knee, shoulder or chest problems at bay.
- It also helps maintain a perfect body posture and also helps add freshness to the body.
Precautions and contraindications to practicing Anjaneyasana
- Make sure you do Anjaneyasana or Crescent Moon Pose in the correct alignment, such as the knee of the leg forward, it should be in a straight line with the heel and make sure your hips are on the floor. If the posture will not be adequate or the alignment will not be correct, the practitioner will not be able to obtain the maximum benefits from the practice of this Yogasana.
- People with heart problems and who have recently had heart surgery should not practice Anjenayasa.
- People with high blood pressure should practice Anjaneyasana or Crescent Moon Pose under the guidance of a suitable and trained yoga instructor after consulting a doctor.
- People with spinal injuries should also consult a doctor before practicing Anjaneyasana.
- It should be practiced for 5-6 times and not less to get the maximum benefits from the practice.
- It is best to practice Anjaneyasana or the Crescent Moon Pose early in the morning.
- People with groin injuries should not practice Anjaenayasana.
- People with knee injuries and who have had knee surgery in recent times should not practice Anjenayasana.
- People with hip and lower Bac k pathologies should not practice Anjenayasana.
- Make sure you don’t bend your knee knees forward over your toe because practicing in this position can cause knee injury or strain.
- You can use a towel or sheet to support your knee on the floor for support.
- Do not stretch or strain too hard. Go as far as your body allows. Don’t push beyond the limits.
- If you are a beginner, you can try swinging against a wall while practicing Anjaneyasana or Crescent Moon Pose by taking the short side of the yoga mat against the wall and pressing your toe to the wall.
I hope you enjoy this Anjaneyasana or Crescent Moon Pose . Every time I do it I feel more aware of my body, I focus on the points of support, I feel the mat and the earth under my hands and feet. Is awesome!
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