Yoga posture - Anjaneyasana
Translation: Cresent Moon
Enter from the lunge pose with the hands supporting you at either side of the leading foot. Gently place the back knee down then let
the front knee extend over the foot. (Not all the way after a little while
passes slowly deepen forward with the knee.)
Take the hands off the mat and stretch them up above the head. If your
shoulders are not very flexible you can interlock the fingers. This will allow
the arms to stretch back further. (Warning! Lean forward a little to relieve pressure from the lower back
if it is injured or inflamed.)
Try placing something under the knee or above it on the leg that is on the
mat if your knee is injured or uncomfortable. Hyper extend the knee that
is bent in front of you. Relax forward and the knee is stretched, the posture
may be more comfortable.
The quadriceps (rectus femoris, vastus lateralis, Vastus medialis and the vastus
intermedius) and the gluteus maximus are stretched. Many of the smaller muscles, tendons and ligaments
in the knee are also stretched.
Hip abductor stabilizers such as the gluteus medius and gluteus minimus,
the adductors magnus, longus, and brevis, the gracilis, and the pectineus
all become toned.
Muscles in the arms and shoulders are toned and strengthened. These include
the deltoid group, triceps, a little biceps the Trapezius Muscles (Middle and lower), Rhomboids and Latissimus Dorsi.
Shoulder elevation also involves glenohumeral movement in combination with
scapulothoracic movement and thoracic extension.
See free yoga sequences with this pose. Yoga video and printable Image included!
Crescent Moon Flow, Falling Warrior Salute