Pose of the Month: Anjaneyasana – Low Lunge

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Pose of the Month: Anjaneyasana – Low Lunge

There are so many searches for meaning. I know that I am not alone in my desire to linger in both the Self-Help and the Philosophy section in my local bookstore. There is a fascination with Truth and Meaning, which is likely how these words ended up together in our intention space. Can we be searching for one without the other? 

In our asana practice we all have postures that help us develop our own connection with meaning. As we all hold tension in different areas of the body there are postures that will unlock different sensations and have differing purposes for each of us. A few weeks ago I felt very driven to incorporate a few postures into my own personal practice, and then worked my way through others to make sure I was creating something balanced. That call to this particular asana was quite meaningful, and led me to some very interesting spaces. Following these intuitive spaces can be so informative. 

Our pose of the month: Anjaneyasana or Low Lunge is a wonderful space to develop awareness and start that unlocking process (if there is one to be had!) Most of us carry something, or a lot of things in our hips. 

Coming into Anjaneyasana:

  • Start on hands and knees in a Table Posture. If you haven’t warmed up, doing a few Cat-Cows can get things moving in the right direction!
  • On and inhale allow the Left Leg to move up in between the hands. For some of us, it will be a slide up, and others will want to allow the foot to heel toe out near the edge of the mat and move up in between the hand. 
  • We can keep the right knee in the stabilizer space, with both knees at roughly 90 degrees. We also have the opportunity to slide the right leg back, finding different spaces within the hips to develop and open. 
  • If we slide back the right leg, we want to make sure that we aren’t resting on the kneecap, rather are resting on the femur. 
  • We can use blocks under the hand, we can move the hands to the inside of the right leg, or we can push up and rest the hands on the left thigh. There are SO many options here. Part of our opportunity here is to find out fit!

As we explore our own release spaces, and as mentioned in our search for Equanimity, even the idea of spaciousness can be powerful, can we sink and settle into them? Can we allow them to develop? Can we find the meaning in this posture on this day? The day that I followed my intuition, I knew it would feel right, the WHY around it carried much more meaning. What a way to explore 🙂