Although this pose is quite popular in most yoga classes, the high lunge does not have an official Sanskrit name. Just as it has several Sanskrit name options, the high lunge also has many variations. There is great confusion and general disagreement, for example, with the Crescent Lunge but at the end of the day, they are all variations on the same pose. The High lunge is a beginners pose that strengthens the legs and the whole lower body, stretches the hips and groin, opens the chest, and strengthens the arms.
Sanskrit: Ashwa Sanchalanasana
- From a Standing Forward Bend, bend your knees and step your left foot back toward the back edge of your mat, with the ball of the foot on the floor.
- Step back far enough so that your right knee can form a right angle.
- Lay your torso on your front thigh and lengthen it forward.
- Look forward. Simultaneously, firm the left thigh and push it up toward the ceiling, holding the left knee straight.
- Stretch your left heel toward the floor.
- Step your right foot back beside the left. Repeat the above but reverse left and right.
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