Crescent Lunge Pose
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
- ahh-SHTAH chahn-DRAH-sah-nah
- Pose Level
- Nasagre (Tip of the nose)
- Pose Type
- Backbends, Chest Openers, Standing Poses, Strength