Happy Hump-asana Day: Anjaneyasana / Low Lunge

Let’s not waste any time today, dear readers!

In the spirit of tight hamstrings [but really because I’m selfish and have been doing this pose every day], today’s Hump-asana pose is Anjaneyasana or Low Lunge.

Photo Credit: Yoga Journal

Now you might be wondering how this pose targets hamstrings at all. Well, it doesn’t [but it does]. See, as Sage Rountree explains, if you find yourself constantly struggling with tight hamstrings, it might not be your hamstrings at all – it might actually be your hip flexors. Instead of butchering the science behind why tight hip flexors cause that tight hamstring feeling [but really because I’m busy!], check out Sage’s comprehensive explanation here.

If you’re comfortable in low lunge and and ONLY if you feel it won’t compromise your knee, try this: Lunge in front of a wall so that you face away from it. Bend your rear knee and scootch [only the most technical of terms here at VY!] your rear leg back towards the wall, so that your knee is bent and your shin can rest against the wall.* Breathe into the hip flexor and quad of the rear leg. Read: 2-for1!

*Fold your mat or use a blanket under your rear knee for extra padding and support.

Feel the relief!

Happy Hump-asana Day, fellow yogis! Get your minds out of the gutter – Hump-asana Day, traditionally known as Wednesday or “Hump Day” in lamens/working-folk tongue, is a mid-week yogi treat. Hump-asana Day features a snippet of a pose worth spending some time exploring. And since they’re ALL worth exploring, we’ll never run out of poses for Hump-asana Day – rejoice!

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