Revolved Crescent Lunge

PARIVṚTTA ANJANEYASANA

HOW TO PERFORM

• Start in Downward Facing Dog and step your right foot in between your hands.
• Bend your front knee and stack it over your ankle. Engage your core and sweep your arms up into Crescent Lunge.

• Drop your tailbone down as you lift up through the crown of your head.
• To keep your hips aligned, gently pull your right hip back; to keep knee over ankle, externally rotate your front thigh.

• Bring your hands together in front of your heart, and lean your torso forward.
• Now hook your left elbow to the outside of your right thigh.
• Inhale to lengthen and with your exhale begin to twist from above the waist. Keep the length in your spine, as you broaden your collarbones and turn your heart up to the sky.

• Stay here for three breaths. Then turn your hips back to centre, bring your hands to the top of the mat, step back to Downward Facing Dog and repeat on the other side.

BENEFITS

• Strengthens, tones, and stretches the spine, hips, legs and buttocks.
• Stimulates and detoxifies internal organs and kidneys.
• Aids digestion and metabolism.
• Improves balance and stability.
• Increases energy and con dence.

MODIFICATIONS

• Lower your back knee to oor (optional to pad your knee). • Extend your left arm forward and your right arm back.
• If you have a shoulder condition, keep the palms together in front of your heart and twist only as far as available.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

• Knee or spinal injuries.
• High blood pressure or heart problems.
• Avoid any twists if you are pregnant.