Yogasana : Always Stretch #atozchallenge

My theme for this year’s Β #atozchallenge is – 26 Yogasana. So brace yourself for 26 days of stretching, backbends and inversions, as I take you along my upside down evenings, sincerely hoping that you will find these posts helpful πŸ™‚

Anjaneyasana or Low Lunge

I have been working on my splits for over 6 months now. One of the key aspects of attaining flexibility is to relax the muscles while holding the pose. But before we slide into any stretching position, warming up the body is important. Jogging, Running, Butt kicks, jumping jacks, a set Suryanamaskar – you can pick any of your favourite form of warmup.

I start my stretches with Low Lunge or Anjaneyasana, holding it for 10 – 15 breaths before switching the leg. It is advisable to hold the knee in 90 degree angle (knee shouldn’t cross the toes), but for a deeper stretch, as long as there’s not much pressure on the knee, you can bend your leg further so that the pelvis is nearer to the floor.

 

 

This is a wonderful hip stretch that also strengthens the supporting muscles for the knees, opens up your shoulders, lungs and chest, improves your balance and builds core awareness. If you have difficulty maintaining balance then please practice it near the wall.

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Disclaimer: I am not an Instructor or Yoga teacher, only a regular Hatha Yoga practitioner who is passionate about fitness. I am writing this series to detail my learning and experience during the practice. Please consult a Physician/Doctor before starting any exercise regime as some of the poses might contradict with your existing medical issues, for example injuries related to spinal cord, knee, ankle, wrists, neck, medical conditions like Migraine, Diabetics, Asthma etc.

 

Stay Strong and Humble! Namaste.

33 thoughts on “Yogasana : Always Stretch #atozchallenge

  1. I have always been a yoga lover but being very lazy, I leave it after a week or two. My favorite is Sarvangasana πŸ™‚ Will go through all your posts in good time πŸ™‚

  2. I love your theme. I love the name of Anjaneyana asana. It’s Hanuman ji’s name and the lunge was his way of bowing down I guess πŸ™‚
    Great form there, Raji.

  3. I look forward to your lovely Yoga poses and wonder what pose you are going to do for X and Z. I’m finding it difficult to find a fabric or style of fabric for R believe it or not! Good luck with the challenge

  4. This theme is *so* your forte! I was watching the video you shared on IG earlier today, and I tell you, my jaw had to be scraped off the floor. I was like, “How is she doing this!” Too good!

  5. I’ll probably fall over sideways, to the great amusement of my son and consternation of my husband, but what the heck… adding it to my list of things to try this month. πŸ™‚

  6. If I ever plan to settle in Aus, you’re going to be yoga instructor. I just love your yoga pics. So perfect they’re. If anytime you thinking of a virtual Yoga class, I’ll be your first join. πŸ™‚

  7. My comment for the entire April posts are going to be “OMG! How?” πŸ˜€
    Love the theme, Raj! Wish I could do something from the yogasanas you share!

  8. I’ve been following your instagram updates on these yoga poses. Some times I wonder if you’re made of flesh and bones or is it just rubber in there? You’re so flexible! Remarkable, really!

  9. Always stretch, yes! I do stretch whenever I wake up from bed every morning, but that’s about it!

    I seriously need to get back to fitness now and I’m hoping that your posts will do the trick πŸ™‚

  10. The ideal theme for your AtoZ Raj! These days, whenever I see a yogasana, I think of your graceful photos. Anjaneyasana sounds doable. Great for flexibility. Of course, I will invoke Him, too! Hugs!

  11. I’ve just started Surya Namaskar again. My goal is to shed 27 kgs by my 40th birthday, which is in Jan next year. Long way, I know! πŸ˜€

  12. First of all, I find your theme really interesting. This seems similar to Virbhadrasana (a little different though).

    I like yoga but am unable to practice it regularly. So, am looking forward to your posts.

  13. Super impressed that you decided to document this series on your blog through A to Z. I’ve always admired your passion for fitness and this is perfect for the blog this April! I can do suryanmaskar comfortably. Should work on these stretches. Bookmarking.

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