Crescent Moon Pose


What is Crescent Moon Pose?

Crescent moon pose, or anjaneyasana in Sanskrit, is a low lunge pose. Similar to warrior I pose, the back knee stays on the floor with the toes untucked. The pose stretches and strengthens the legs and opens the chest and lungs.


  • Begin in downward facing dog pose.
  • Exhale and step the right foot between the hands.
  • Lower the back knee to the floor and untuck the toes.
  • Be sure that the right knee is directly above the right ankle. Inhale and reach the hands toward the sky.
  • Lift the chest and gaze diagonally upward.
  • Breathe while holding the pose.
  • Exhale and lower, returning to downward facing dog pose. Change sides.


  • Place a blanket under the back knee if there is any knee pain.

Benefits of Crescent Moon Pose

  • Opens the hips.
  • Lengthens the sides of the body.
  • Lengthens the spine.
  • Stretches the hips and quadriceps.
  • Improves balance.
  • Opens the shoulders.

Crescent Moon Pose Details
Sanskrit Name: Anjaneyasana
Pronunciation: ahn-jah-nay-AH-sah-nah
Pose Level: Beginner
Drishti: Urdhva (Toward the sky)
Pose Type: Backbends, Balancing, Chest Openers, Hip Openers

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