Low Lunge (Anjaneyasana): Step by Step

This low lunge variation stretches the thighs and groins and opens the chest.

Low Lunge: Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1

From Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana), exhale and step your right foot forward between your hands, aligning the right knee over the heel. Then lower your left knee to the floor and, keeping the right knee fixed in place, slide the left back until you feel a comfortable stretch in the left front thigh and groin. Turn the top of your left foot to the floor.

Step 2

Inhale and lift your torso to upright. As you do, sweep your arms out to the sides and up, perpendicular to the floor. Draw the tailbone down toward the floor and lift your pubic bone toward your navel. Lift your chest from the firmness of your shoulder blades against the back torso.

Step 3

Take your head back and look up, being careful not to jam the back of your neck. Reach your pinkies toward the ceiling. Hold for a minute, exhale your torso back to the right thigh and your hands to the floor, and turn your back toes under. With another exhale, lift your left knee off the floor and step back to Adho Mukha Svanasana. Repeat with the left foot forward for the same length of time.

Pose Information

Sanskrit Name

Anjaneyasana

Pose Level

1

Contraindications and Cautions

Heart problems

Theraputic Applications

Sciatica

Follow-up Poses

Virabhadrasana I and III (Warrior Poses I and III)