Urdhva Anjaneyasana is a Very easy or simple and more effective stretching exercise in the yoga world. It is performed in standing back bending position as well as preparatory pose for Parivritta Parsvakanasana.
The word Urdhva Anjaneyasana is come from the Sanskrit language, in which Urdhva means – Elevated, up, erects; Anjaneya is the name of Lord Hanuman and Anjana is the mother of Lord Hanuman and the meaning of Asana is Pose, seat or Posture. so its name depending on its meaning Anjaneyasana.
Urdhva Anjaneyasana helps open, stimulated the Mula Bandha (Root Lock) and Uddiyana Bandha (Abdominal lock). both Bandhas increase the stability of the body in this asana. Ans also activate and balance the Third Eye Chakra (Ajna Chakra), Solar Plexus (Manipura Chakra), and Crown Chakra (Sahasrara Chakra).
Urdhva Anjaneyasana also knows as Standing Split Pose, Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana, One Legged Extended Forward Bend, One Foot Extended Upward Pose.
Anjaneyasana is of 20th-century origin and one of the most important asanas in yogasana services with several health benefits of Urdhva Anjaneyasana. include Strengthening the Shoulders, arms knees and Wrists. In Hindu Mythology Lord Hanuman is the most effective powerful, strongest, intelligent and grounded character in the Epic of Ramayana. Traditionally, we can say this yoga posture is motivated by Hanuman.
How to do Urdhva Anjaneyasana (Upward Crescent Moon Pose)
- Once you’re done with routine asanas, start this asana by coming into the Tadasana or Mountain Pose.
- Now, back step your left foot about 2-3 feet and raise your left heel of the foot. (Make sure your both feet facing forward.)
- After that, raise your hands to your chest with palms pressing together like Anjali Mudra.
- Deep inhalation, slowly lift your hands with interlace your fingers together and point your index fingers upward, up toward the ceiling.
- Visualize lengthening your spine upward along with your tailbone toward the floor.
- Shoulders should be relaxed down and your upper arms should be minimal down to make a space between your ears and arms.
While reaching through your fingers, hug your shoulder blades in towards your back to help prevent the shoulders from moving in toward the neck.
- Slowly try to arch your back to form a shape of crescent through your upper body along with the left leg. (Remember that do not deep backband, so be sure not to arch too much)
- Tilt the head back slightly without pressing the neck, and look towards the roof.
- Hold this position around 40 to 60 seconds and keep controlled relaxing.
- To come out of this position keep your spine straight and put your both hands down to your sides.
Benefits of Urdhva Anjaneyasana (Upward Crescent Moon Pose)
- Urdhva Anjaneyasana improves digestion as well as stretches the sides of the body.
- Upward Crescent Moon Pose is more beneficial in your back pain.
- It also helps in strengthening the lower back muscles as well as the side of the body.
- Regular practicing of Urdhva Anjaneyasana can relieves sciatica,fatigue,osteoporosis,and contipation.