Hanuman Pose (Hanumanasana)
Hanumanasana is named after Hanuman because this is the stance he assumed while executing the famous leap over the Expanisve Ocean between India and Lanka, in his mission to find Sita.
Benefits of the Hanumanasana Pose (Hanumanasana):
This is one of the major hamstring stretches in yoga. It also stretches hip flexors and lower back muscles.
How to perform the Hanumanasana Pose (Hanumanasana):
- Start the asana on a kneeling position with the thighs perpendicular to the floor.
- Bring the right leg straight out in front with the heel on the floor.
- Begin to slide the right heel forward, keeping the right leg straight, until you have also brought the left leg as straight as possible extending behind you.
- Keep the hips parallel and facing forward.
- To come out, bend the right leg and draw it back toward the body.
- Hold the pose for 5 to 10 breaths, and then repeat on the other side.
Duration and repetition of the Hanumanasana Pose (Hanumanasana):
Hold the asana for 5 to 10 breaths and repeat the other side.
Difficulty Level and Advancement of the Hanumanasana Pose (Hanumanasana):
Hanumanasana is a difficulty level 3 asana recommended for beginners.