Hanumanasana (Monkey Pose (named after Hanuman)
Hanumanasana or Monkey pose is a type of advanced yoga posture. As in Sanskrit the word Hanuman is a divine entity in Hinduism resembling to a monkey and this asana (posture), and commemorates the giant leap made by Hanuman to reach the Lankan from the mainland of India. Hanumanasana is thus also known as the Splits. Therefore this asana can be performed as follows;
- Firstly assume a kneeling position and keep your thighs perpendicular to the floor.
- Now extend your right leg straight forwards, and plant your right foot on its heel.
- Slowly slide the right heel forwards, keeping the leg straight - try to keep your kneecap pointed directly towards the ceiling. Meanwhile, straighten your left leg out behind you as much as you are comfortable.
- Stop doing so if experiencing discomfort.
- When a stretch is reached that is as comfortable as you feel, raise your palms high up above your head, in a prayer position. You may also arch your back gently.
- Hold this posture for a few breaths.
- Bend the right leg back, drawing it in towards the body, and resume the kneeling position from the beginning.
- Repeat the following on the other leg too.
The benefits of this asana are:
- This asana provides you flexibility as well as spiritual significance.
- Provides the legs with a extreme stretch, along with the mental calmness.
- Makes your legs hips and waist flexible and well toned as well.
- Cures various menstrual problems and regulates the flows.
- Helps in secretion of sex hormones. And maintain them in a definitive quantity.
Precautionary measures for this asana are:
- Place a blanket under your heels that may help you slide forwards.
- If you can't straighten your leg completely, support yourself with your hands, or with blocks.