Crescent Moon Pose
Definition - What does Crescent Moon Pose mean?
Crescent moon pose is a lunging asana that strengthens the legs, thighs and hips, firms the abs and can help with weight loss.
To enter the pose, begin in downward-facing dog pose. Looking toward the top of the mat, step the right foot to meet the right hand. The right knee is at a 90-degree angle directly above the front ankle while the left leg remains extended. Grounding firmly into both feet, inhale to bring the torso and head up perpendicular to the floor. The hands come to touch overhead, arms lengthening. The drishti (gaze) is to the fingers. After two to three breaths, repeat on the left side. To deepen the pose, arch the upper back.
Crescent moon pose may also be referred to by its Sanskrit name, Anjaneyasana.
Yogapedia explains Crescent Moon Pose
Crescent moon pose is a great asana for beginners as it is accessible to a wide range of physical capabilities and body types.
Variations on this pose include lowering the back knee to a blanket on the floor or keeping the hands on the front thigh instead of reaching overhead.
Benefits of this pose include:
- Opens the heart
- Opens the hips
- Lengthens the sides of the body
- Stretches the hips and quadriceps
- Increases balance
- Warms up the shoulders
Yogis with knee pain may choose to lower the back knee onto either a blanket or mat.