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REMEMBERING ALL THOSE WHO RISK OR LOST THEIR LIVES TO SAVE OURS

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

BY JOHN MCCRAE

Crescent Moon Pose, Anjaneyasana

How to do Crescent Moon Pose, Anjaneyasana
By Yoga Lily 5 years ago
Home  /  Backbend  /  Crescent Moon Pose, Anjaneyasana

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.

Anjaneyasana-3

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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Lily is an experienced certified yoga teacher, she teaches the traditional, relaxing and invigorating Yoga as practiced in Asia for thousands of years; it is a little more holistic in nature, meaning, it covers not just the physical aspects of yogic practice (like asanas or poses, mudras or locks), but also the breathing, meditation, mindfulness and restorative techniques sometimes lacking in the modern practice. Yoga is part of who she is, from practicing yoga in the parks of China as a child, to graduating from YogiYoga(China) Institute in 2007, Lily has loved helping and inspiring people ever since. You can help balance your mind and body to give a sense of wholeness and great happiness.