Low-Lunge, Anjaneyasana

Low-Lunge, Anjaneyasana, is a basic lunge pose that is found in many yoga classes and routines, and is known to stretch the hips, gluteus muscles and quadriceps while improving balance, concentration and core awareness.
Warm up for this pose with cat/cow and sunbird (see previous two posts). Begin on hands and knees. On an inhalation extend your right leg our behind you, as you exhale bring your right foot up between your hands. Your right knee should be right above your right ankle. Then draw your left knee back until you feel a gentle stretch in the front of your left hip and thigh. With hands on floor or blocks, draw your shoulders back and down and lengthen out through the crown of your head. Hold pose for four to six breaths relaxing a little bit more deeply with each exhalation. If your muscles start to tighten up or protest or if you can’t maintain a slow relaxed breath, then you are in too vigorous a version of the pose for you at this time. Listen to your body with respect and loving kindness and move towards what feels good and right in your body. Repeat

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