Bound Revolved Crescent Lunge

Definition - What does Bound Revolved Crescent Lunge mean?

Bound revolved crescent lunge is a more complex and challenging variation of crescent lunge pose which also stimulates the internal organs and stretches the shoulders.

The legs are in a crescent lunge position with the right leg forward. The torso leans forward, rotating to the right, so that the left arm reaches over and around the right thigh to bind with the right hand which reaches around the back and under the body. The posture is then repeated on the opposite side.

The Sanskrit name for bound revolved crescent lunge is parivrtta baddha anjaneyasana.

Yogapedia explains Bound Revolved Crescent Lunge

Bound revolved crescent lunge primarily stretches the spine through the extension and twist of the posture. Additional benefits of bound revolved crescent lunge include:

  • Stimulates the kidneys and internal organs
  • Stretches the shoulders
  • Releases the muscles of the chest
  • Opens the hip flexors and groin
  • Strengthens the quadriceps and glutes
  • Improves balance

Bound revolved crescent lunge is a more challenging posture than bound revolved crescent lunge on the knee because it requires more strength in the legs to hold. It is also harder to balance with the knee off the ground. To modify the pose, bound revolved crescent lunge on the knee can be practiced as an alternative. It can also be practiced without the bind, or holding a strap between the hands to improve the reach.

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