Crescent Revolve (Twisted High Lunge) Pose
Sanskrit: Parivṛtta Anjaneyasana
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Crescent Revolve (Twisted High Lunge) Pose is a deep stretch for the hip flexors and quadriceps and as well as a great prep pose for Warrior I. But its potent quality is its amazing twist! Twists are powerful for the healing the spine and back. If you have spine or back issues, try adding more twists into your yoga practice. This pose also works on the ankles, calves, thighs, groins, abdomen, chest, shoulders, armpits, neck and is great for Sciatica issues. I just love this pose! A few benefits of this amazing pose are: It lengthens and stretches the spine, creates flexibility in the rib cage and stimulates the internal abdominal organs and kidneys.
Directions on how to come into the pose:
From Crescent Lunge with right leg in front and left heel pressing back, place palms together at heart center and begin twisting. Take your left elbow and kind of hook it over the right thigh or knee. If you have wrist issues make a fist with your bottom hand and press your top hand into the fist instead. Keep the heart open and gaze out or up towards the sky allowing your head to finish the twist. On the inhale, elongate the spine and on the exhale take the twist slightly deeper. To deepen the pose you may choose to open up the arms: top arm to the sky and bottom arm to the floor just outside your ankle touching the mat or hovering above the mat.
To modify you can either lower the back knee down to the ground or take legs and feet even wider. You may also improve balance by practicing resting the thigh of the forward leg on a chair seat.
To come out: Straighten your spine bringing palms together at heart center. Lower your hands to the mat on either side of your front foot. Step back into Downdog. Repeat on the other side.
When not to do this pose or to modify/Contraindications:
High blood pressure, Heart problems or any spine, back or wrist issues.
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