Crescent Lunge Pose

Ashta Chandrasana

What is Crescent Lunge Pose?

Crescent lunge pose, or ashta chandrasana in Sanskrit, is a standing posture that strengthens the legs and opens the chest. It's sometimes considered a variation of high lunge. The two poses are quite similar, but crescent lunge has a more heart-opening and backbend effect.


  • Begin in downward facing dog.
  • Exhale and step the left foot between the hands. Align the ankle under the knee. Lift the back heel from the floor.
  • Inhale and lift the arms and torso, reaching the hands toward the sky. Bring the torso vertical, then open the chest by gently arching back.
  • Breathe while holding the pose.
  • Exhale and step back to downward facing dog. Change sides.


  • Avoid if there is knee or hip injury

Benefits of Crescent Lunge Pose

  • Strengthens the legs and arms
  • Opens the chest and lungs
  • Improves focus
  • Relieves fatigue
  • Increases energy

Crescent Lunge Pose Details
Sanskrit Name: Ashta Chandrasana
Pronunciation: ahh-SHTAH chahn-DRAH-sah-nah
Pose Level: Beginner
Drishti: Nasagre (Tip of the nose)
Pose Type: Backbends, Chest Openers, Standing Poses, Strength

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