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Anjaneyasana (IPA: [ɐɲneːːɟɐrɑːsɐnɐ]; Sanskrit: अञ्जयरासन; IAST: Añjeyarāsana), Crescent Moon, or Low Lunge is an asana. Anjaneyasana is used in Surya Namaskara.

This asana has a number of names. The names Crescent Moon refers to the form it takes. Anjaneya- refers to the Hindu god Hanuman because his mother’s name was Anjani.

Anatomy:-

  • Muscles Stretched: quadriceps (rectus femoris, vastus lateralis, vastus medialis, vastus intermedius), gluteus maximus
  • Muscles working:-

Legs: gluteus medius, gluteus minimus adductor magnus, adductor longus, adductor brevis, gracilis, pectineus
Arms & Shoulders: deltoids, triceps, trapezius rhomboid and latissimus dorsi.

Benefits:-

  • Releases tension in the hips which may relieve sciatica.
  • Balance
  • Opening the hips.
  • Stretches the hamstrings, quadriceps, and groin.
  • Strengthens the knees.
  • Builds mental focus.

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