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Asana Analysis Private Yoga Instructor Los Angeles Santa Monica Low Lunge

Published on December 27th, 2018 | by Catherine Tingey

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Low Lunge (Anjaneyasana)

Low Lunge (Anjaneyasana)

The simple low lunge should be a part of everyone’s personal stretching routine. It’s wonderful for athletes – runners, cyclists, hikers and cross-fitters – as well as anyone who sits during the day.

Practicing Low Lunge is also an essential part of keeping the low back happy and pain free.

Let’s break this pose down.

ALIGNMENT

From Table Pose, step your right foot up in between your hands.

Stack the knee above the ankle (90 degrees).

Private Yoga Instructor Los Angeles Santa Monica Low Lunge

Private Yoga Instructor Los Angeles Santa Monica Low Lunge

(Alternately, you can have your hands on blocks. For tender knees, place a blanket under the back knee, or fold over your mat).

Separate your feet so they are not on a tight rope (wide lanes).

Engage your core and lift your arms.

BENEFITS

  • Stretches the hip flexors, psoas, hamstrings, groins and hips
  • Relieves low back pain (muscular in origin)
  • Can open the chest and stimulate thryoid gland if head tilts back (full expression of the pose)

CONTRAINDICATIONS

  • Groin pain
  • Hip pain, labral tears

VARIATIONS

  • Grab your opposite foot/opposite arm for a divine quadricep stretch
  • Clasp your fingers behind your back to open your chest
  • Side Bend to release your quadratus lumborum (QL)- another one of those ‘ahhhhh’ moments
  • Extend the outstretched leg straight for Kneeling Pyramid
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Entrepreneur, yogini, designer, award-winning filmmaker, personal trainer and former marathon runner. She left a career in finance to start her own business and along the way, became a yoga teacher after practicing for 24 years.


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Entrepreneur, yogini, designer, award-winning filmmaker, personal trainer and former marathon runner. She left a career in finance to start her own business and along the way, became a yoga teacher after practicing for 24 years.



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