How to do Anjaneyasana, Its Benefits & Precautions
Yoga student is learning how to do Anjaneyasana asana

What is Anjaneyasana

Anjaneyasana Anjaneyasana is named after the great Indian ape God. In this asana heart is connected to the lower part of the body, allowing the prana the opportunity to flow downward and upward.

Also Know as: Leg-split Posture, Split Leg Pose, Lunge Pose, Anjanay or Anjaney Asan, Anjaneya Asana

How to start this Asana

  • Begin with hands directly below the shoulders and knees, hip width apart and directly below your hips – feet are straight behind the knees.
  • Bring your right leg forward between your hands so the ankle and knee are in one line and the shin bone is straight up and down.
  • Use your right arm to brace the shin inward to the midline of the body.
  • Curl the back toes under and lift the knee away from the ground.
  • Press back into the left heel as you lift the left thigh muscle up in to the sky and tailbone root down and forward.
  • i.e.: Back leg is charged and lifting while the front leg is soft and surrendering – tailbone tucks into space between.
  • Draw your shoulder blades together on your back and allow your heart to lift in celebration.

How to end this Asana

  • Bend the back knee and come back to table pose and repeat on other side.

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Benefits of Anjaneyasana

According to research, this Asana is helpful as per below(YR/1)

  1. Hip abductor stabilizers become toned.
  2. Muscles in the arms and shoulders are toned and strengthened.
  3. Many of the smaller muscles, tendons and ligaments in the knee are also stretched.

Precaution to be taken before doing Anjaneyasana

As per several scientific studies, precautions need to be taken in diseases mentioned as per below(YR/2)

  1. Keep in mind that your front knee should remain forward directly in front of you and doesn’t drop your knee inside or to the outside.

So, consult your doctor if you have any of the problem mentioned above.

Histroy and scientific base of Yoga

Due to the oral transmission of sacred writings and the secrecy of its teachings, yoga’s past is riddled with mystery and confusion. Early yoga literature were recorded on delicate palm leaves. So it was easily damaged, destroyed, or lost. Yoga’s origins may be dated back over 5,000 years. However other academics believe it could be as old as 10,000 years. Yoga’s lengthy and illustrious history may be split into four distinct periods of growth, practise, and invention.

  • Pre Classical Yoga
  • Classical Yoga
  • Post Classical Yoga
  • Modern Yoga

Yoga is a psychological science with philosophical overtones. Patanjali begins his Yoga method by instructing that the mind must be regulated – Yogahs-chitta-vritti-nirodhah. Patanjali does not delve into the intellectual underpinnings of the need to regulate one’s mind, which are found in Samkhya and Vedanta. Yoga, he continues, is the regulation of the mind, the constraint of the thought-stuff. Yoga is a science based on personal experience. The most essential advantage of yoga is that it helps us to maintain a healthy bodily and mental state.

Yoga can help to slow down the ageing process. Since aging starts mostly by autointoxication or self-poisoning. So, we can considerably limit the catabolic process of cell degeneration by keeping the body clean, flexible, and properly lubricated. Yogasanas, pranayama, and meditation must all be combined to reap the full advantages of yoga.

Anjaneyasana is helpful in increase flexibility of muscles, improves shape of the body, reduce mental stress, as well improves overall health.

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