Low Lunge Pose:

Name: Low Lunge Pose

Sanskrit: Anjaneyasana

Pronunciation: on-jah-nay-AH-sah-nah

Pose Level: Low Lunge pose is a beginner friendly yoga pose

low lunge pose Anjaneyasana

Anatomy involved:

  • Lower back
  • Hamstrings
  • Chest
  • Hips
  • Shoulders
  • Quadriceps
  • Pelvic


  • Helps improve body balance.
  • Brings energy to the body & mind.
  • Improves strength in the glutes, hamstrings and ankles.
  • Stretches the quads, core, hips, chest, intercostals, and pelvic region.
  • Improves flexibility of the back, spine, and intercostals (while stretching overhead).
  • Opens the chest, aiding in both pulmonary and circulatory benefits.

Step-By-Step Low Lunge Pose:

  • Many ways are available to begin Low Lunge. We’ll start in Downward-Facing Dog.
  • Then, inhale reaching your right leg up toward the sky.
  • As your leg comes back down and forward, tuck the knee toward the chest, then the right foot in-between your hands. Engage your core. Shift a larger portion of your weight to the left hand, until your right leg is set.
  • Simultaneously, lowering your left leg to the mat, feeling a stretch to the hip and thigh.
  • Lift the chest and bring your arms-up the sides of your body alongside your ears.
  • Continue to engage your core. Then, come into a gentle backbend.

Pose Modifications:

Many modifications can be made to make Low Lunge work for you!

For example, shorten the actual lunge. For many balancing issues and flexibility is an issue. Shorten your overall lunge.

Secondly, use yoga blocks on the side of your hands to get more balance and reach.

Issues with shoulder joints? Try avoiding the overhead reach.

Similarly, with back issues, avoid the back-bend potion of the pose.

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Proceed with caution if suffering from any major joint complications. For example, hips, knees, ankles, or shoulders.

You may want to build the core muscles slightly prior to engaging in textbook low lunge. Use yoga blocks if necessary to help support the movement.

Always seek medical expertise if pregnant. It’s wise to take a yoga class with a certified instructor prior to practicing yoga on your own to familiarize yourself with the correct movements.

Balancing issues

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Poses Commonly Transitioned To:

Twisty Backbend Lunge, Twisted Dragon Pose

Poses Commonly Transitioned From:

Downward Facing Dog, Three-Legged Down Dog Pose,