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.
Muscles Stretched: quadriceps (rectus femoris, vastus lateralis, vastus medialis, vastus intermedius), gluteus maximus
Legs: gluteus medius, gluteus minimus adductor magnus, adductor longus, adductor brevis, gracilis, pectineus
Arms & Shoulders: deltoids, triceps, trapezius rhomboid and latissimus dorsi.
Releases tension in the hips which may relieve sciatica.
Opening the hips.
Stretches the hamstrings, quadriceps, and groin.
Strengthens the knees.
Builds mental focus.