Yoga Pose Of The Week: Master Your Alignment With The Crescent Pose

Yoga Pose Of The Week: Master Your Alignment With The Crescent Pose

Sammy Veall

Yoga Expert

03/07/2018

Sanskrit Anjaneyasana | The classic Crescent

A classic yoga pose used in a lot of Vinyasa flow sequences. It’s all about lifting the back heel and setting up the torso! Great easy pose for beginners and a good homework pose for intermediate yogis wanting to master their alignment.

FOUNDATION

  • From your downward dog lift the right leg in the air and swing it up in between the hands
  • Making sure your front knee stays in line with your ankle
  • Stay on the ball of the back foot and lift your arms up towards the sky
  • Lift the back heel up so the heel stacks above the toes
  • Keep a little micro bend in the back knee to protect the knee joint
  • Tuck your pelvis under and switch on your core by pulling your belly button in towards your spine
  • Keeping the shoulders down away from your ears reach the finger tips up towards the ceiling, keeping the hands and arms activated
  • Gaze straight ahead and relax your neck

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BREATH

  • Inhale leg up
  • Exhale step the foot in between the hands
  • Inhale arms up into your crescent pose

BENEFITS

  • Releases, strengthens and opens your hips
  • Improves balance
  • Strengthens your knees and ankles
  • Builds muscle strength and resilience in the thighs

Sammy Veall owns and runs Yoga 213 with studios in Bondi Junction, Sydney and South Yarra, Melbourne.

Photography by Deanna Geralch.