Yoga Pose: Crescent Lunge Twist

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  • Crescent Lunge Twist

  • Category:
    Standing / Balancing
  • Difficulty:
    Intermediate
  • Description:

    The front foot of one leg is rooted on the earth with the knee directly above and tracking the ankle in a 90 degree angle. The back leg is straight, no bend in the knee, and the weight is distributed backwards onto the toes as the back heel pushes back and down towards the earth. The inner thighs scissor towards each other and the pelvis is tucked under with the ribcage lifted and the chin slightly tucked. The spine is long and extended. The heart is open. The torso twists towards one side and the arm corresponding towards the back leg reaches towards the back. Both arms are straight. Wrists and the fingers are extended and spread wide. Gaze is over the back shoulder.

  • Benefits:

    Creates flexible strength. Promotes stability in the front and back of the torso. Tones the lower body. Stretches the chest, lungs, shoulders, arms, neck, belly, groins (psoas) and the muscles of the back. Strengthens and stretches the thighs, calves and ankles.