Anjaneyasana (Crescent Moon Pose) – an easy guide

This blog is an easy guide by Lets Yoga about everything you need to know about Anjaneyasana (Crescent Moon Pose).

Consistent practice of Anjaneyasana (Crescent Moon Pose) will help stretch your thighs and groin, and open up your chest, and improve your posture.

Anjaneyasana (Crescent Moon Pose)
Anjaneyasana (Crescent Moon Pose)

Pronunciation & Meaning of Anjaneyasana

Try saying (AHN-ja-NI-AHS-anna)

Anjaneyasana is a Yoga Asana, which is named after Anjani (the mother of an ideal devotee of Lord Ram ‘Hanuman’)

Anjaneyasana is also known as Ashwa Sanchalanasana in Sanskrit; Whereas in English translation, it is known as Crescent Moon Pose, Low Lunge, and Equestrian Pose.

Step-By-Step Instructions of Anjaneyasana

How to do Crescent Moon Pose

Step 1

Start Anjaneyasana with Plank Pose.

Step 2

Breathing in, bring your left leg forward between your hands keeping your right knee and right feet flat on the ground. Make sure your left knee and ankle are perpendicular to the ground.

Step 3

Try stretching your thighs as per your flexibility by aligning both of your thighs in a straight line, and look upwards (you can also look straight, if you are not comfortable looking upwards).

Step 4

Keep breathing normally, stay in this position for about 30 to 60 seconds. Repeat the same with the other leg.

Benefits of Crescent Moon Pose

  • Make legs stronger.
  • Strengthen the core, abdominal region, and back.
  • Energises the body and helps fight fatigue.
  • Improves body posture.
  • Counteracts the effect of sitting for long hours and working on computer.
  • Helps is recovery after some intense activities that includes running.

Precautions for Crescent Moon Pose

Crescent Moon Pose should be avoided if you have any serious neck or back or leg injuries or have gone through any recent surgery.

If you have any one of these problems then consider consulting a doctor or practice under the supervision of an experienced Yoga teacher.

More Information about Crescent Moon Pose

Sanskrit Name of the Asana

Anjaneyasana

Asana Level

1

Modifications

If your body is stiff or you have any kind of difficulty with performing Crescent Moon Pose then you can try out the modification of this pose i.e. to keep minimum distance between your left heel and right knee as per your flexibility, as shown in the image below. Make sure your left knee and ankle are perpendicular to the ground.

Anjaneyasana Modification
Crescent Moon Pose Modification

Warm-up Asana

Follow-through Asana

  • Virabhadrasana I (Warrior Pose I)
  • Virabhadrasana III (Warrior Pose III)

Advancement

To deepen the pose, instead of keeping your hands on the floor lift it above your head in Namaskar Mudra and gaze your thumb. If possible you can also move your hands slightly backwards that will help you to open up your chest more.

Beginner’s Tips

If you have any discomfort with your back knee in low lunge you can simply keep a mat or a towel beneath your back knee cap to reduce knee pain.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

How long can I do Crescent Moon Pose?

You can do Crescent Moon Pose for about 15-60 seconds for best results.

How to pronounce Anjaneyasana?

To pronounce Anjaneyasana, try saying (AHN-ja-NI-AHS-anna)

What does Anjaneyasana means?

Anjaneyasana is a Yoga Asana, which is named after Anjani (the mother of an ideal devotee of Lord Ram ‘Hanuman’)

What does Ashwa Sanchalanasana means?

Anjaneyasana is also known as Ashwa Sanchalanasana in Sanskrit, which is an Yoga Asana that is named after Anjani (the mother of an ideal devotee of Lord Ram ‘Hanuman’); Whereas in English translation, it is known as Crescent Moon Pose, Low Lunge, and Equestrian Pose.

Learn more about Crescent Moon Pose here!

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