I injured myself a little bit ago in a clumsy fall and I'm still struggling with the pain. But I'm determined to stay active. Some days I get discouraged, but I really try to push through.
On those days (like today) I need some 'special' yoga poses to help lift my mood. This one (low lunge or Anjaneyasana) is a fantastic one to take on whenever you're feeling a bit melancholy. It can help with depression, low self-esteem, a bad day, and so much more.
The final pose is in a deep lunge, with your hips low and both hands high overhead (obviously, out of my 'reach' right now). Open your chest by rolling your shoulders onto your back. Make sure your knee is behind your toes and not slumped in front. Lift your gaze up towards the ceiling, think positive thoughts, and calm the facial muscles. Soon, the positivity will start to flow and you will feel a difference. Hold it for however long you feel you need it and then switch sides.
The modification to Anjuneyasana is to stay in the low lunge without reaching your hands up. You can put your hands on blocks or chairs beside you to help balance, if needed. You can also place a chair in front of you and hold onto it for support. Don't feel pressured to push yourself too far. Always listen to your body, and move only and when you feel comfortable doing so.
Another great alternative is reaching for your foot behind you. This one takes the stretch a little deeper. When you're in a low lunge, bend your back leg and with the hand (on the same side) reach and hold your foot. Push into your hand with your foot and pull your foot with your hand creating an equal amount of pressure there.
Anjaneyasana, no matter how you do it, helps with any tightness in the hips, hamstrings, groin, and quads. It helps calm the mind because it takes a bit of balance to hold steady. This pose is recommended for runners especially, but benefits everyone. Especially those that need a bit of a lift in their mood. It is great to do in the morning to wake up the body, as well as before an interview to boost your self-confidence. It can also be done easily if you are pregnant. Just a little bit on Anjaneyasana can go a long way.
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