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Crescent Moon Pose, Anjaneyasana

How to do Crescent Moon Pose, Anjaneyasana
By Yoga Lily 5 years ago
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Crescent Moon Pose: Yoga Backbends

Anjaneyasana – This backbend posture stretches the muscles at the front of the thighs, including the deep iliopsoas muscle, which is tight in many people. This intense backbend tones the kidneys and liver.

Anjaneyasana-1

1. From a kneeling position, step the right foot forward with the knee bent so that the right thigh is parallel to the floor.

2. Extend through the front of the left leg. Stretch from the hip down to the knee. Extend from the knee to the ankle, then along the front of the foot through to the tips of the toes. With hands on the front knee, take the lunge deeper as you bend more into the right knee, so you feel the stretch in the front left thigh.

Anjaneyasana-2

3. Raise both arms above your head, stretching all the way through to the fingers as you lift the chest. Have the intensity of the backbend comfortable enough so that you can lengthen the tailbone down toward the floor to increase the stretch on the front of the left thigh. Let the hips drop down another notch. Now increase your backward bend to your personal maximum.

4. The lower back is the part that naturally curves most deeply. Consciously bring the curve of the spine higher up into the middle back as you gracefully extend the arms back overhead and press your chest forward and up. Have your palms facing each other, or. if it doesn’t create tightness in the neck or shoulders, press your palms together.

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5. Turn your face to the sky and direct your gaze upward. Stay here for a a few breaths enjoying the crescent shape that you are in. On and exhalation, release the hands back to the floor to come onto all fours. Repeat on the other side.

 

Tips

Gaze: hands

Counter poses: Child Pose, Cat Pose, Head Beyond the Knee Pose.

Lighten:

  • Keep your fingertips beside front foot or on the front knee and follow the same instructions for backbending.
  • Lunge less deeply into the front knee

Effect: Engaging

 

Crescent Moon Pose, Anjaneyasana Counter Poses

Childs Pose alternative head position

Child Pose

 

Yoga Cat Pose

Cat Pose

 

Head Beyond the Knee Pose

Head Beyond the Knee Pose

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Lili has been studying and practising yoga in China & UK for 20 years, and teaching since 2007 (7 years in the UK). She draws inspiration from her training within established, classical yoga systems that focus on alignment, hatha vinyasa in its gentler form, yin, yin/yang, and restorative yoga styles, pranayama and meditation; blending the roots of Chinese healing traditions into a more holistic practice. For her, practice covers not just the physical aspects of yoga but also aligning and unblocking the bodies meridian energy pathways to release Qi energy (prana) which flows through the bodies energy highway, bringing the mind, body and spirit back into balance. “I am continually humbled by my students and teachers, my aim is always to teach from the heart and from the idea that yoga is the art of living, listening and learning, to embody this deeply spiritual tradition” – Lili Chen.