Parivrtta Anjaneyasana: Revolved Lunge Pose
Parivrtta anjaneyasana (par-ee-VRT-tah aan-jha-nay-AHS-ah-nah) is a twisted variation of lunge pose with several options to make the pose accessible. This pose can help develop stamina while improving your balance.
- Parivrtta = to turn around, revolve
- Anjaneya = salutation
- Asana = pose
- Strengthens the quadriceps and gluteus muscles.
- Improves digestion and elimination.
- Stretches the psoas and hips.
- Develops stamina and endurance in your thighs
- Downward-facing dog | Adho mukha svanasana
- Child’s pose | Balasana
- Standing forward fold | Uttanasana
- Keep your gaze downward or forward rather than looking up.
- Lower your back knee down to the ground rather than lifting.
- Parivrtta parsvakonasana: The opposite arm rests on the front leg or reaches to the ground, while the other arm extends overhead, creating a deeper twist.
- Begin in a lunge with your right foot forward. Bring your palms together in front of your chest.
- Lift your left knee off the ground and push your left heel back. Reach the crown of your head forward away from your back heel to lengthen your spine and side body.
- On an exhale, twist toward your right leg and place your left tricep on your right thigh. Bring your torso as close to your leg as possible.
- Press your palms together to engage your arms. Turn your chest in the direction of the ceiling and shift your gaze upward over your right shoulder.
- Stay for up to one minute. To release the pose, unwind and place your hands down on the mat, then step back to table top or down dog. Repeat on the other side.
Hanumanasana: Front Splits Pose
Hanumanasana (hah-new-mahn-AHS-ah-nah) honors the great leap made by Hanuman, the famous monkey god from the Ramayana, across the ocean from India to the mountains of Sri Lanka. Front splits pose demands flexibility, strength, and stability.
Philosophy + Origin
More than just an incredible leap, Hanuman is remembered, celebrated, and worshiped because of his great devotion and courage. To be devoted, one must be bold enough to stand firmly in their beliefs, selflessly serving others and putting others’ needs above their own.
Because of its physical demands, it’s easy to get caught up in “achieving” the outward appearance of the posture. As such, it’s important to keep your ego in check as you dedicate yourself to the posture. Above all, invite kindness and selflessness to flow freely from the posture. As you practice, ask yourself how you can embody Hanuman’s devotion both in your physical yoga practice and your everyday life.