Definition - What does Equestrian Pose mean?
Equestrian pose is a low lunging posture that forms the fourth part of the sun salutation sequence. One leg is stepped back, with the hands on the floor on either side of the front foot. The back knee usually rests on the ground and the head and gaze are lifted. Some say the eyes should be rolled upwards in this posture.
Equestrian pose requires flexibility and openness in the hip flexor of the back leg. It helps build strength and flexibility in the legs.
The Sanskrit name for equestrian pose is ashwa sanchalanasana.
Yogapedia explains Equestrian Pose
Equestrian pose has a wide range of physical benefits. As well as opening the hip flexors, it is thought to stimulate the kidneys, liver and abdominal organs. In this posture, the spine is lengthened and the muscles around it are strengthened. The lifted nature of the torso is also thought to strengthen the chest muscles, potentially expanding lung capacity.
Equestrian pose can be modified for those with knee problems by lifting the back knee or placing a blanket or cushion underneath it. If it is uncomfortable for the neck, the head does not have to be lifted in this posture.