Hanumanasana in Adho Mukha Vrksasana

Definition - What does Hanumanasana in Adho Mukha Vrksasana mean?

Hanumanasana in adho mukha vrksasana is a challenging yoga pose that is essentially a forward split turned upside-down. The name comes from the Sanskrit, Hanuman, which is the name of the Hindu monkey god; adho, meaning “downward”; mukha, meaning “facing”; vrksa, meaning “tree”; and asana, which means “pose.”

Beginning in handstand, one leg extends forward and the other backward, forming a split with the toes pointing toward the ground.

In English, this pose translates as monkey pose in downward-facing tree pose, but it is more commonly referred to as handstand split.

Hanumanasana in Adho Mukha Vrksasana

Yogapedia explains Hanumanasana in Adho Mukha Vrksasana

Hanumanasana in adho mukha vrksasana has a range of physical benefits, including enhanced balance and increased flexibility. On a mental, emotional and spiritual level, the posture is believed to:

  • Calm the mind
  • Ease stress and anxiety
  • Increase spiritual awareness
  • Energize the mind
  • Build confidence
  • Enhance focus and concentration
  • Balance the emotions

As an inversion, this pose provides a different perspective. It is also believed to balance the sahasrara (crown) chakra, which is associated with self-awareness, mental clarity and the connection to the higher Self and energy of the universe.

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