Alanasana – Crescent Lunge

This beautiful, expressive pose, is a soft heart opener and is often used in sequences as a transitional asana, especially during Surya Namaskar (sun salutation) variations.

Alanasana is a pose to encourage balance within the physical body: heart, doshas, organ systems as well as within the astral body: chakras, nadis and it works to expand the electromagnetic field.  This is a simple, yet powerful pose that you can practice almost anywhere to achieve a sense of balance within.

Step by Step

Start in Adho Mukha Svanasana(Downward-Facing Dog). Exhale and step your right foot forward between your hands, aligning your knee over the heel. Keep your left leg strong and firm.

Inhale and raise your torso to upright. At the same time, sweep your arms wide to the sides and raise them overhead, palms facing.

Be careful not to overarch the lower back. Lengthen your tailbone toward the floor and reach back through your left heel. This will bring the shoulder blades deeper into the back and help support your chest. Look up toward your thumbs.

Be sure not to press the front ribs forward. Draw them down and into the torso. Lift the arms from the lower back ribs, reaching through your little fingers. Hold for 30 seconds to a minute.

Then exhale, release the torso to the right thigh, sweep your hands back onto the floor, and, with another exhale, step your right foot back and return to Down Dog. Hold for a few breaths and repeat with the left foot forward for the same length of time.

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