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Side view of Anjaneyasana
English name(s) AnjaneyasanaI
Crescent Moon
Sanskrit अञ्नेयरासन/ Añneyarāsana
Pronunciation IPA: [ɐɲneːːɟɐrɑːsɐnɐ]
Meaning Anjaneya: "Son of Anjani"
asana: "posture"
Key Points
dṛṣṭi (eye focus) Hastagrahe dṛṣṭi (to palm)
Asana type Standing Asanas
Iyengar difficulty 1 star
Muscles stretched quadriceps (rectus femoris, vastus lateralis, vastus medialis, vastus intermedius), gluteus maximus
Muscles working Legs: gluteus medius, gluteus minimus adductor magnus, adductor longus, adductor brevis, gracilis, pectineus
Arms & Shoulders: deltoids, triceps, trapezius rhomboid and latissimus dorsi.

Anjaneyasana (IPA: [ɐɲneːːɟɐrɑːsɐnɐ]; Sanskrit: अञ्जयरासन; IAST: Añjeyarāsana), Crescent Moon, or Low Lunge[1] is an asana. Anjaneyasana is used in Surya Namaskara A.


This asana has a number of names. The names Crescent Moon refers to the form it takes. Anjaneya- refers to the Hindu god Hanuman because his mother's name was Anjani.


  1. Starting from a lunge, bring down the back knee.
  2. Raise the arms forwards and up.


The Hastagrahe dṛṣṭi (Sanskrit: हसतग्रहे दृष्टि ) at the palm of the arms is the correct dṛṣṭi (visual focus) for Anjaneyasana.[2]


Use of bandhas increase the stability of the body in this asana. Both mula bandha (root lock) and uddiyana bandha (abdominal lock) should be engaged. These combined creates an axial extension in the spine which assists in supporting in the torso as the chest is brought up and back.


Arm position can be on the ground as in

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Yoga Journal - Low Lunge - Anjaneyasana". Retrieved 2012-12-06. 
  2. ^ Steiner, Roland. "Virabhadrasana B". Retrieved December 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ Iyengar, B.K.S (1979). Light on Yoga. New York: Schocken. p. 62. ISBN 0-8052-1031-8.