Crescent Lunge Forward Bend

Definition - What does Crescent Lunge Forward Bend mean?

Crescent lunge forward bend is an intermediate standing posture, which is a variation on crescent lunge. It requires strength, balance and flexibility, and is considered more challenging to hold than crescent lunge.

In this pose, the right leg steps forward with the knee bent to a right angle. The left leg extends straight back in a lunge position with the left toes on the ground and the left heel reaching back. The torso leans forward over the right leg and the arms reach up in line with the ears, palms facing each other. The whole body forms a straight line from the left toes to the fingertips at about a 45-degree angle to the ground. The posture is then repeated with the opposite leg forward.

Crescent lunge forward bend is sometimes also known as leaning crescent lunge.

Yogapedia explains Crescent Lunge Forward Bend

Crescent lunge forward bend stretches and strengthens the whole body. Additional, specific benefits of crescent lunge forward bend include:

  • Improves balance
  • Engages and strengthens the core muscles
  • Stretches the hip flexor and calf of the back leg
  • Tones the hamstrings and gluteus muscles

Crescent lunge forward bend should be attempted with caution by those with neck injuries or balance issues. It can be modified by keeping the gaze down to avoid straining the neck and lowering the back knee to the ground for extra stability.

To make crescent lunge forward bend into a dynamic yoga sequence, yogis may try moving from crescent lunge into crescent lunge forward bend and back again. This has additional strengthening and stabilising benefits.

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