Hanumanasana or Monkey Pose is an intermediate level yoga pose.
Like with most poses Hanumanasana takes time and I’m still working on it myself. It makes me feel focused, strong and at one with the earth all around and below me. All the energy and steady breath flowing through my body and up my spine awakening my kundalini chakra and making its way up to my crown through my finger tips and up to the sky above. Uplifting and in tune with mother nature and the center of my own universe.
Hanumanasana or Monkey Pose or The Splits
- Start in a kneeling position with the thighs perpendicular to the floor.
- Bring your right leg straight out in front of you with your heel on the floor.
- Begin to slide your right heel forward, keeping the right leg straight. Then bring the left leg as straight as possible extending behind you.
- Keep your hips in a parallel position and facing forward.
- On your way out bend the right leg and draw it back towards the body.
- Hold the pose for 5 breaths. Then repeat on the other side.
Hanumam was a divine entity in Hinduism who looked like a Monkey. The pose portrays the leap Lord Hanuman made from mainland India to the Lankan Islands.
You can move from Janu Sirsasana (Head to Knee Pose) into Hanumanasana.
You can move from Hanumanasana into Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (King Pigeon Pose).
Hanumanasana has a number of health benefits…
- Strengthened abdomen… your core will become stronger and have more control.
- Monkey Pose improves blood flow to all parts of your body and skin. This will help to get rid of the toxins in your body and keep you looking young.
- Performing the Hanumanasana regularly will help to prevent sciatica.
- Monkey Pose can ease insomnia by helping your body re establish its normal rhythm. It also relieves stress.
- Hanumanasana stretches the hamstrings, thighs and groin. Regular practice will improve the flexibility of your hips.
- Weight loss
‘Yoga means addition …addition of energy, strength and beauty …to body, mind and soul.’
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