High Lunge Pose

Utthita Ashwa Sanchalanasana

What is High Lunge Pose?

High lunge pose, or utthita ashwa sanchalanasana in Sanskrit, is a beginner's standing posture that builds strength and stamina. It's similar to but more accessible than warrior I as the back heel is lifted and the arms are parallel rather than touching.


  • Begin in standing forward bend with the fingers on the floor beside the feet.
  • Exhale and step the right foot far back. Rest on the ball of the right foot.
  • Inhale and lift the arms and torso, reaching the hands toward the sky. Align the front knee over the ankle and bring the torso vertical.
  • Breathe while holding the pose.
  • Exhale and step back to standing forward bend. Change sides.


  • Avoid if there is knee or hip injury

Benefits of High Lunge Pose

  • Strengthens the legs and arms
  • Opens the hips
  • Builds stamina
  • Relieves constipation and indigestion

High Lunge Pose Details
Sanskrit Name: Utthita Ashwa Sanchalanasana
Pronunciation: oo-tee-tah ah-shwah sahn-chahl-ah-NAH-sah-nah
Pose Level: Beginner
Drishti: Nasagre (Tip of the nose)
Pose Type: Chest Openers, Hip Openers, Standing Poses, Strength

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