Equestrian Pose

Ashwa Sanchalanasana

Equestrian Pose

What is Equestrian Pose?

Equestrian pose, or ashwa sanchalanasana, is a lunge posture that is the fourth pose in the Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskara) sequence. With the front leg bent and back leg outstretched, the spine is elongated.


  • From standing forward bend pose, step your right foot far back with an inhale.
  • At the same time, bend your left knee and align it over the left ankle.
  • Rise onto your fingertips and lengthen your spine.
  • Breathe while holding the pose.


  • Avoid if there are knee or ankle injuries.

Benefits of Equestrian Pose

  • Builds strength in the legs
  • Improves flexibility in the legs
  • Stretches the spine

Equestrian Pose Details

Sanskrit Name
Ashwa Sanchalanasana
AH-shwah sahn-chahl-ah-NAH-sah-nah
Pose Level
Bhrumadhye (Third Eye)
Pose Type
Standing Poses
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