HOW TO: Low Lunge (Anjaneyasana)

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This seemingly simple yoga posture,  is jam packed with so many benefits. This pose is a must for everyone ranging from athletes, to the busy errand runner, to the person who sits at a desk or in front of a TV all day. No matter your activity level, you will find relief and benefits from this pose.

Instructions: 
Begin in Downward Facing Dog

Step your right foot forward between your hands and ensure your knee is directly above the ankle or slightly behind.

Lower your left knee to the mat and rest the top of the foot on the mat.

On your next inhale, lift your upper body and reach both arms overhead with your palms facing forward.

Remain here, or slowly open your chest and begin to lean backward, keeping the spine straight and avoiding compression in the low back.

Hold for 5-10 breaths.

Modifications: 
Place a folded blanket under your back knee to protect it from any pain.

If it is difficult for you to maintain your balance in this pose, place your fingertips on the floor, keeping your upper body lifted off of your leg.

Benefits: 
Strengthens the quads, calves, core, and glutes

Deeply stretches the hips, hip flexors, thighs, chest, and shoulders

Expands your lungs, improving breathing

Increases stamina and endurance

Improves your balance, concentration, and core awareness

Can help relieve pain associated with sciatica

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