Yoga Pose: Front Splits, Monkey (Hanumānāsana)

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  • Front Splits

  • Hanumānāsana

  • hanumān = monkey deity
  • āsana = posture
  • Alt. Name:
    Monkey
  • Category:
    Seated / Balancing
  • Difficulty:
    Expert
  • Description:

    The hips are parallel and squared to the earth with one leg extended forward. The opposite leg extended back with the knee and foot squared to the earth. The inner thighs scissor towards each other. The hands are by the side body or at the heart center in Anjali Mudra (Salutation Seal) or stretched straight up toward the sky. The ribcage is lifted. The heart is open. The gaze is forward.

  • Benefits:

    Stretches the thighs, hamstrings, and groin. Stimulates the abdominal organs.