Hanumanasana - Monkey God Pose!

“It was the greatest leap ever taken. The speed of Hanuman’s jump pulled blossoms and flowers into the air after him and they fell like little stars on the waving treetops. The animals on the beach had never seen such a thing; they cheered Hanuman, then the air burned from his passage, and red clouds flamed over the sky . . .” (Ramayana, retold by William Buck).

This pose then, in which the legs are split forward and back, mimics Hanuman’s famous leap from the southern tip of India to the island of Sri Lanka.

This is a wonderful pose to open the hips fully. From downward facing dog, step your right foot forward to a lunge, then lower your left knee to the floor . Flex your right foot and gradually slide your heel forward. Press your right thigh down and draw your outer right hip back . Start to straighten your leg . Extend your legs only as far as you can without pain. To modify place a block or blanket under your right thigh, near your hip and high enough so you can relax comfortable and raise your arms. Try to stay for 20 breaths. To release gently press back to down dog.

Mary Jane Kasliner



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