Reverse Crescent Lunge Twist on the Knee

Definition - What does Reverse Crescent Lunge Twist on the Knee mean?

Reverse crescent lunge twist on the knee is an extended and modified variation of crescent lunge pose, providing a slight backbend, twist and extension for the spine.

From crescent lunge pose with the right leg forward, the left knee lowers to the ground. The left arm reaches up and slightly back, and the right arm reaches down to rest on the back thigh. The gaze is straight up. The posture is repeated on the opposite side.

Reverse crescent lunge twist on the knee is a more accessible variation of the similar posture, reverse crescent lunge twist, because it requires less strength in the legs to hold and is easier to balance with the knee on the ground.

Yogapedia explains Reverse Crescent Lunge Twist on the Knee

Reverse crescent lunge twist on the knee primarily lengthens the spine through the extension of the posture. The fact that the knee is down keeps it relatively accessible and simple. Additional benefits of reverse crescent lunge twist on the knee include:

  • Stabilizes the front and back of the body
  • Strengthens the thighs and lower body
  • Stretches the calves, ankles and hip flexors
  • Opens the shoulders, chest and psoas
  • Encourages flexible strength
To modify the pose, cushioning can be placed under the knee to ease the pressure. It can also be practiced keeping the gaze forward or down if taking it up is uncomfortable for the neck.

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