Āñjaneyāsana (Sanskrit: आञ्जनेयासन, "Son of Anjani pose"), Crescent Moon Pose or Ashwa Sanchalanasana, Equestrian Pose is a standing back bending asana in modern yoga as exercise. It is sometimes included as one of the asanas in the Surya Namaskar sequence.
Etymology and origins
Like many standing poses, Anjaneyasana was unknown in medieval hatha yoga, and was brought into modern yoga in the 20th century from Indian martial arts. It is used in schools of modern yoga such as Sivananda Yoga. It is included as one of the asanas in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga's type 1 Surya Namaskar sequence.
The pose is entered from a lunge, with the back knee lowered to the ground, the back arched and the arms raised and stretched over the head. The toes of the back foot remain tucked forward, the heel lifted. The front foot remains in standing position, the hips lowered close to the front foot and the front knee fully bent and pointing forwards. In the full pose, the rear foot is lifted and grasped with both hands, the elbows pointing up.
- Ardha Chandrasana, half moon pose
- Hanumanasana, another related pose, the front-back splits, the front leg straight out
- List of asanas
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