Hanumanasana (Splits Pose) is an intermediate-advanced seated yoga pose, that requires lots of flexibility, strength, and stability in the hamstrings and quadriceps. Hanumanasana’s name comes from the Sanskrit root there Hanuman means Hindu monkey god, and asana, meaning yoga pose. Hence it is called the Monkey pose can be included in flow yoga sequences.
The mythology behind the name of this pose Hanumanasana’s comes from the Hindu monkey god Hanuman. In the epics texts- Hanuman showed his loyalty and devotion towards the King Rama of ancient India by helping him to rescue Rama’s wife, Sita. Sita was being held on the island of Sri Lanka, so Hanuman made the giant leap to reach Lanka from India.
This yoga posture the same imitates or mimics this famous jump of Hanuman (from the southern tip of India to the island of Sri Lanka). Like the jump of Hanuman, in this asana, the legs are splits forward and backward. Hence, this asana was named after Lard Hanuman as Hanumansana.
The Monkey pose is one of yoga’s most challenging postures, has a range of mental and emotional benefits as well as physical strengthening effects. Also, it is believed to stimulate the Muladhara chakra (root chakra) and Svadhisthana (spleen or sacral) chakras. Opening these chakras promotes productivity and inner acceptance.
Some asana would be beneficial in preparation for Hanumanasana -Supta Vajrasana (supine thunderbolt pose), Paschimottanasana (seated forward bend), Uttanasana, Virasana, and Supta Padangusthasana (reclining hand-to-big-toe pose).
Now, let’s learn- how to perform The Monkey pose in a step-by-step explanation, along with the Benefits and Precaution attached to the pose.
You must have heard about the front splits, Hanuman asana is its yogic version. It is a practice in the sitting position. The intense stretch and the body balance required in it categorizes it as an advanced pose.
Hanumanasana Pose Quick Facts
English Name: Monkey pose
Other Name: The splits pose, Front splits pose, Dragon Splits Pose
Position: seated yoga position
Level: Intermediate Level to Advanced Level
Type: Stretch, Strength, Balance
Targets: Hamstrings, hips, groin
Focusing Chakras: Sacral Chakra (Swadisthana Chakra), Root Chakra (Muladhara Chakra)
Therapeutic Applications: Sciatica
How to do HanumanasanaYoga (The Monkey Yoga Pose)
- To being with Hanumanasana, kneel on the floor with knees a little apart.
- Now, place your right foot forward and raise the inner sole. only the outer heel touches the floor.
- Take a deep Inhale. and shift your weight into the outer heel of the right foot.
- With an exhalation, slowly bend your torso forward, and bring your fingertips to touch the floor.
- After that move your left knee backward until the front of the thigh and the foot touch the floor.
- Straighten both legs the back of the right leg towards the floor and the front of the left thigh towards the floor.
- Making sure the back leg should be extending straight back so that the kneecap presses directly into the floor.
- Now raise your arms above your head with the biceps by the ears. and join your palms together into Anjali Mudra.
- Stretch your arms until you are comfortable.
- If you feel discomfort place your hands down by your side.
- Stay in this position for a couple of breaths before bringing your arms back down.
- To come out this asana shift the body weight on the hands and bring the left feet in front of you. and rest Dandasana Pose.
- Change the leg to repeat on the other side.
Hanumanasana Preparatory Poses
- Baddha Konasana
- Janu Sirsasana
- Prasarita Padottanasana
- Supta Virasana
- Upavistha Konasana
Hanumanasana Benefits (Monkey Pose Benefits)
Yoga is practicing in every household since ancient times for many top benefits of yoga. Here we mention some amazing benefits of the Splits or Monkey pose.
- To know the effect of yoga on muscle strength, many yoga asanas were included, of which Hanumanasana is also one. It is believed that by doing this asana, there is a stretch in the muscles, due to which the muscles get stronger.
- This asana helps to stretch as well as strengthen the muscles in the thighs, abdominal, groin region, and hamstrings.
- Along with strengthening the muscles, one benefit of doing this asana is that it can also help in making the body flexible.
- It can also work or eliminate sciatica pain or nervous system pain. This asana also strengthens the nerves of the hands and feet.
- Regular practice will help to Stimulates the abdominal organs and improves the functioning of the organs there.
- This asana works to massage the abdominal muscles and improves digestion and is also useful for removing the harmful substances from the body.
- Regular practice of Hanumanasana helps to maintain physical agility and balance, as well as increase the concentration and ability of a person to concentrate.
- This asana works to increase the flow of blood to the pelvis and also works to tone the reproductive organs. This asana reduces pelvis area tension and opens the hips or buttocks and is helpful in removing all the diseases of women like infertility, menstrual-related, and bleeding.
- Also, it is provides spiritual and energetic benefits by stimulating the Muladhara chakra (root chakra) and Svadhisthana (spleen or sacral) chakras. Opening these chakras promotes productivity and inner acceptance.
According to experts, this asana is considered to be the best, if yogis practice it early in the morning. Morning is preferred for yoga because at that time the food is digested and the stomach is empty, which gives the body energy to do asanas. If for some reason you cannot do it in the morning, then you can do it in the evening as well. But keep a gap of at least 4 hours between your yoga poses and meals.
This asana is of advanced level, its practice is a bit difficult. Therefore, keep in mind that in Hanumanasana, spread the leg as much as possible in the beginning and try to practice it under the guidance of a yoga teacher before doing yoga at home.
If there is any kind of injury in the body and pain in the feet or joints, then refrain from practicing Hanumanasana.
Hanumanasana yoga pose is an intermediate to advanced level or medium-grade yoga asana. As the name indicates this asana is related to Hanuman Ji. This asana is based on the same jump when Hanuman Ji jumped from the southern tip of India to Sri Lanka. In this asana, we try to bend our body like a monkey, that is why this asana is also called Monkey Pose. Helps to open the hips muscles, stretches the muscles of the abdominal and thigh joint, and also the back of the knee. Before doing this asana, do some warm-up exercises to open the hip.
The accomplishment of the asana leads to the purification of the nerves, the growth of health, and the attainment of energy. Patanjali has written in his Yogasutra “Sthiram Sukham Asanam” which means the type of sitting which keeps the mind stable and gives pleasure is called asana.
Hence, do the same variation of Hanumanasana which is comfortable for you. There may be difficulty in doing it in the beginning, but after a little practice, this asana can be done easily.
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