crescent moon pose in yogaCrescent Moon pose is sometimes called Low Lunge pose, or Crescent Lunge Pose. Called Anjaneyasana in Sanskrit it is a powerful yoga pose which helps us develop poise and balance.

“Anjaneya” is one of the names of the deity, Hanuman (see more at Wikipedia).

Practicing this asana requires that we “open up”. As we have our chest open we breathe deeply which helps us energise and clear our lungs of impurities.

This pose when practiced regularly helps us develop humility, wisdom and compassion

Taking time in this pose with our eyes closed allows us to experience deep inner calm and trust.

Physical Benefits of Crescent Moon Pose in Yoga

  • Energising for the spine
  • Good for sore throat, tonsilitis, coughs and colds.
  • Removes tension from buttocks
  • Tones the kidneys and liver
  • Stretches and strengthens quadriceps (front of thigh)
  • Helps posture, particularly if you have rounded shoulders
  • Beneficial for ovaries and uterus
  • Relieves ankle tension
  • Opens the chest
  • Helps develop ling capacity
  • Helps relieve sciatica