How to Monkey Pose – Hanumanasana

The Monkey pose is an incredible yoga stretch to unleash a powerhouse of energy! It helps loosen tight hamstrings and hips while also boosting both flexibility and muscle strength. Make sure to give it a try before attempting more difficult forward bends – you’ll be glad you did!

Monkey Pose, also known as Hanumanasana, is a deep stretch that targets the muscles of the hips and inner thighs. Here’s how to perform this pose:

  1. Begin in a low lunge position with your right foot forward and your left knee on the ground.
  2. Place your hands on the ground beside your right foot, fingers pointing towards your toes.
  3. Lift your left foot off the ground and bring it towards your right hip, keeping your left knee bent.
  4. Exhale and slowly straighten your left leg, sliding your foot along the ground towards your right foot.
  5. Inhale and lift your arms up towards the ceiling, keeping your chest lifted and your shoulders relaxed.
  6. Hold the pose for a few deep breaths, then slowly release and return to a low lunge position.
  7. Repeat on the other side.

If you’re unable to straighten your leg fully, you can place a block or rolled-up blanket under your foot for support. Remember to listen to your body and only go as far as you feel comfortable. With practice, you may be able to straighten your leg further and deepen the stretch.

The Monkey pose requires a lot of focus.

This pose is best done with a qualified instructor. He or she will give you helpful tips on proper alignment. The best way to prepare for the Monkey Pose is to perform other stretches and poses, such as reclining hand-to-big-toe pose, before moving into the full posture.

Are you looking for a challenge to invigorate your yoga practice? Try Hanumanasana, an energizing pose named after Lord Hanuman!

Not only will it awaken the deep muscles in your hamstrings and groin but it can promote balance throughout the body. With potential stimulation of both Root & Sacral Chakras, this powerful posture gives practitioners countless benefits.

If they have their healthcare professional’s approval first, that is! If any conditions interfere with full expression of the pose then don’t hesitate to use props like blocks or blankets beneath knees so you’re not compromising safety while still getting all its goodness.


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How to Monkey Pose – Hanumanasana