Twisting Lunge Pose • Parivrtta Anjaneyasana
A pose for empowerment and to honour change.
This is a great multitasker of a pose. It gets a lot done….
- Strengthens the muscles in your legs and glutes
- Improves digestion and elimination
- Relieves sciatic pain practiced effectively
- Improves your balance, concentration and core awareness
- Stretches the psoas and encourages hips to open
- Develops stamina and endurance in your thighs
As with all poses in Yoga great awareness is needed to get the maximum benefits. This is just one reason why the breath is so important when practicing. When we are breathing with awareness we are more likely to be tuning in to our bodies language of sensation, rather than the yadda yadda of the thoughts. Listening to our body and how it ‘talks’ to us is a key lesson that yoga has taught me. Sometimes there is interference from our cultural and individual conditioning. It can take practice to truly listen and hear what our bodies are saying to us. Also, our bodies are changing day in and day out. Cells are dying and cells are being reborn. What is the truth in the morning may be a lie in the evening. Another reason the breath is such an important teacher is that with every inhale and exhale it is taking us deeper and deeper into somewhere we haven’t been before…present time. Embrace this new experience. See every breath as a step forward in your life journey.
This pose creates a healing fire or heat in the body. When you practice it FEEL the sensations you experience. Channel that power towards any goals or projects you are passionate about or are involved in at the moment be them personal or global. Stay present and honour any internal or external shifts/changes that present time brings. Feel an internal flame of empowerment ignite from your solar plexus and seep into the very fabric of your being.
Parivrtta Anjaneyasana – Step by step
Please do some Sun Salutations (perhaps 3) before practicing this pose. See my previous tutorial on how to do Sun Salutations.
- Start in Tadasana, mountain pose by standing tall and grounded at the front of your mat. Step back with left leg and come into a lunge pose with right knee bent and directly over left ankle. Bring your palms together at heart centre. Your back knee can be on the floor to make the pose less intense or to challenge your balance keep knee off the ground and push through back heal. Reach the crown of your head forwards to lengthen your spine and side body.
- Breathe the deepest breath in you’ve breathed all day, as you begin to exhale, twist towards your right leg. With your palms still together, place your left elbow to the outside of your right thigh or knee, attempting to get your torso as close to your leg as possible. Elevate your heart to your thumbs to lengthen the spine. 3. Press your palms together to engage your arms and try to twist in deeper, sending your chest in the direction of the ceiling and shifting your eye gaze upwards over your right shoulder. Keep the right hip back and down and avoid twisting hips and shoulder in the same direction. Send upper and lower body in opposite directions.5. Stay here for 5-10 breaths or whatever is comfortable. When you’ve had the most fun possible in the pose, unwind and place your hands down on the mat, then step back to a Downward Facing Dog Pose. Repeat with the left leg forwards.
Love and Light
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