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Strike a Yoga Pose: Crescent Moon

I love yoga not only because it strengthens and stretches my muscles, but also because of the feelings I get in certain poses. Sometimes I feel bold and grounded, like in Hummingbird, and sometimes I feel calm and content, as in Pigeon Twist. Then there are poses, like Crescent Moon, that make me feel beautiful and energized. Arching your back helps open your heart both physically and emotionally.

Sanskrit Name: Anjaneyasana
English Translation: Crescent Moon Pose
Also Called: Reverse Warrior

  • Begin in Downward Facing Dog, with both hands and feet pressed firmly into the floor.
  • Step your right foot forward between your hands, coming into Warrior 1. Then open hips, arms, and chest, coming into Warrior 2.
  • From here, gently arch back and lower your left hand down, resting it on the back of your left leg. Raise your right arm overhead, feeling the stretch through the right side of the body. Make sure you continue to lower your hips, and press your front knee forward so it's directly over your right ankle.
  • Remain here for five complete breaths. Then lift your torso up, place your hands on the floor and move back into Down Dog. Then step your left foot forward and do this pose on the other side.
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