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Hanumanasana from 3/4 view

Hanumanasana (Sanskrit: हनुमानासन) or Monkey Pose[1] is an asana.


The name comes from the Sanskrit words Hanuman (a divine entity in Hinduism who resembles a monkey) and asana (posture),[2] and commemorates the giant leap made by Hanuman to reach the Lankan islands from the mainland of India.[3]


The yogi pushes one leg forward and one leg backwards until they are in the splits position. Once the yogi has moved the legs into position, there are several variations of arm and upper body position including Añjali Mudrā.


This asana is of utmost spiritual significance, as well as requiring significant physical flexibility. It stretches the hamstrings and groin.

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  1. ^ "Yoga Journal - Monkey Pose". Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  2. ^ Sinha, S.C. (1 June 1996). Dictionary of Philosophy. Anmol Publications PVT. LTD. p. 18. ISBN 978-81-7041-293-9. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Mead, Jean (10 February 2008). How and Why Do Hindus Celebrate Divali?. Evans Brothers. pp. 10–. ISBN 978-0-237-53412-7. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 

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