Low Lunge Pose

Definition - What does Low Lunge Pose mean?

Low lunge pose is a beginner yoga pose that strengthens, tones and stretches the body.

In low lunge, the front leg bends at a 90-degree angle and the back knee lowers to the floor, with the top of the foot on the floor. The back leg slides backward until the groin and thigh start to stretch. The torso lifts up and the arms reach overhead as the tailbone presses downward.

Low lunge pose may also be referred to by its Sanskrit name, anjaneyasana.

Yogapedia explains Low Lunge Pose

Low lunge strengthens and tones the shoulders and arms, stretches the quadriceps, knees, hips and abdomen, and also improves balance, stability, concentration and digestion. It stimulates the reproductive organs and lower body, and is recommended for practitioners suffering from sciatica. Low lunge benefits the heart as well, which makes it a great pose for runners, hikers and cyclists.

If low lunge strains the knees, a folded blanket can be placed under the back knee. If stretching the arms overhead is too advanced, the hands can rest on the hips or in prayer pose. For better balance, it is recommended to practice the pose against a wall at first, with the front foot and fingertips pressing against it.

This pose should be avoided by practitioners with heart issues, hernia, or pain in the lower back.

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