Half Splits Pose

Definition - What does Half Splits Pose mean?

Half splits pose is a leg-opening half-split stretch that prepares the yogi for the more advanced full-split monkey pose.

From a low lunge, the back knee releases to the ground in a kneeling position. The hands move back until they are even with the hips. The hips move back as the front leg straightens with the toes pointing to the sky. The upper body then folds forward over the thigh.

Half splits pose may also be known as half monkey pose or referred to by its Sanskrit name, ardha Hanumanasana.

Half Splits Pose

Yogapedia explains Half Splits Pose

Half splits pose is particularly beneficial for runners as it improves flexibility in the back of the legs, particularly in the hamstrings, and opens the hips. The pose is believed to relieve sciatica pain, tone the reproductive organs, stimulate the abdominal organs, reduce stress and fatigue, improve overall balance and alignment and stretch the lower back.

Beginners, or those with limited flexibility may rest their hands on their hips or on blocks placed on either side of the front leg. They may also remain upright rather than folding over the front leg.

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