Utthan Pristhasana: Lizard Lunge

Utthan Pristhasana: Lizard Lunge

Utthan Pristhasana (OOT-ahn preesth-AHS-ah-nah) is a deep lunge that strengthens the groin and inner hamstrings while preparing the body for deeper hip openers. This shape is also called runner’s lunge in some areas.

Sanskrit:

  • Utthan: stretch out
  • Pristha: page of the book; back of the body
  • Asana: pose

Physical Benefits:

  • Opens the hips, hamstrings, groins and hip flexors.
  • Strengthens the inner thigh muscles on the front leg.

Preparatory Poses:

  • Crescent lunge | Anjenayasana
  • Monkey lunge | Anjenayasana
  • Happy baby | Ananda balasana

Sequential Poses:

  • Half pigeon | Eka pada rajakapotasana
  • Half splits | Ardha hanumanasana
  • Flying splits | Eka pada Koundinyasana

Counter Poses:

Adjustments/Modifications:

  • Place your hands or forearms on a block.
  • Place your back knee on the ground or a blanket for a variation.

Step-By-Step:

  1. Begin kneeling on your mat in tabletop pose.
  2. Step your right foot to the top of your mat outside of your right hand.
  3. Walk your back leg back as far as is comfortable, toes tucked under.
  4. Option to lift your back knee off the ground.
  5. Squeeze your feet toward each other to engage the hip and leg muscles.
  6. Reach your chest forward, keeping your spine long.
  7. If you have room, lower your forearms to a block or the ground. If the ground seems far away, place your hands on a block or a chair.
  8. Hold for five breaths, then release to tabletop. Repeat on the other side.

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Utthita Trikonasana: Triangle Pose

Utthita Trikonasana: Triangle Pose

ADJUSTMENTS    |     BENEFITS    |     SEQUENCING    |     SANSKRIT    |     STEPS

A classic standing posture in many yoga lineages utthita trikonasana (oo-TEE-tah trik-cone-AHS-uh-nah), strengthens and stretches the entire body. Approaching the pose with knowledge of intelligent modifications will help you enjoy the posture and all it has to offer.

Philosophy + Origin

In hatha yoga, where the intent is to unite opposing forces – sun with moon, masculine with feminine, light with dark – this pose offers an opportunity to embody this philosophy when you focus on finding stability while you expand. When you look at the physical shape of the posture, you also see the triangles being formed. And, when you look a little closer, you find several triangles hidden in the shape of the body – the two legs with the floor, floating under the side body, and between the front foot and the front hand.

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