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.