In our post last week, we introduced the monkey god Hanuman
, its characteristics and its symbolism. Today, we introduce you to the Hanumanasana pose, the Monkey King Giant Step.
The posture hanumasana: benefits and precautions
Dedicated to Hanuman, the mighty chief of the monkeys in Hindu mythology, because it commemorates his mighty jumps, this pose, a version of the split
of western ballet, receives in Sanskrit the name of Hanumanasana.
- This posture helps to improve sciatica problems.
- It tones the leg muscles and keeps them in good condition.
- If practiced regularly, it relaxes and strengthens the abductor muscles of the thighs.
- It massages the abdominal organs, tones the reproductive system and helps women prepare for childbirth.
Avoid this pose if you have a groin injury, hamstring injury, or herniated disc. It is strictly forbidden to perform this asana if you have any dislocation in the hip joint.
More information on the monkey pose and other asanas in the Yoga Cards: a deck of cards showing, on one side, the asanas or yoga postures, and on the back, the benefits and contraindications of each asana.
How to do the pose hanumasana?
Elegant posture full of patience, flexibility and dedication, similar to the splits performed by ballet dancers and gymnasts, how to perform the Hanumanasana posture?
A physical level
A student of Yoga can progress by exercising the hamstrings, psoas, gluteus and quadriceps, but what can serve us most are the qualities embodied in Hanuman, not only in the posture, but also beyond it: purity in motivation , the conviction of uniting what has been separated. By fully extending the legs one in front of the other, with the hips as parallel as possible, this posture is achieved with patience.
The front leg requires a large hamstring stretch and the back leg requires a large iliopsoas length. Achieving the complete Hanumanasana is not the immediate challenge. It arrives, as in all Yoga postures, when the body and mind are prepared. Before there is a series of asanas to prepare the way: in YogaYe.com
We remind you that stretching of the hamstrings and psoas are essential before performing this posture.
A mental and spiritual level
But above all it is a posture that shows us that we have unlimited potential and that we only have to discover it, train it and strengthen it to realize that we are capable of everything if we do it from the heart. Hanuman goes further in the attitude of him looking for the flight when we could only walk before. Hanumanasana reminds us that we can free ourselves from our limitations and ties, our narrow-mindedness, our misfortunes whenever we set our minds to it.
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