Half Squat Pose

Definition - What does Half Squat Pose mean?

Half squat pose is an asymmetrical squat that helps to release tension in the hips and inner groin while strengthening the supporting leg.

From a wide legged standing posture, one leg is bent out to the side as the hips release toward the ground. The other leg extends out to the side with the foot either grounded or flexed. The palms come together in front of the chest.

Half squat pose is also known by its Sanskrit name, ardha malasana.

Yogapedia explains Half Squat Pose

Half squat pose primarily releases lower body tension. Additional benefits of half squat pose include:

  • Opens the hips
  • Lengthens the psoas and leg muscles
  • Improves balance
  • Strengthens the lower body and ankles

This posture can be modified by placing the hands on the ground or putting the heel of the bent leg on a folded blanket for support. It is suitable during pregnancy as long as the knee is taken wide to accommodate the extended abdomen. To deepen the pose, the yogi may flex the toes of the straight leg.

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