What is Hanumanasana
Hanumanasana is derived its name from the Sanskrit word Hanuman. Hanuman symbolizes a divine entity who is known for Bhakti. It is also known as Monkey pose where the god of Hindu mythology stretched his legs forward and backward from the southern tip of India to the island of Sri Lanka. It is pronounced as hah-new-mahn-AHS-anna. The yoga pose doesn’t find its description in Hathayoga. However, it has been narrated by BKS Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois and Swami Satyananda Sarswati.
How to do hanumanasana step by step
- First of all kneel on the left knee.
- Place the right foot beside the left knee.
- Slowly slide the left foot backwards and the right foot forwards without taking undue strain. Move the legs as far as backwards and forwards.
- Now, balance the weight of the body with your hands.
- Try to put the buttocks on the floor.
- Relax the whole body.
- Place the hands together in front of the chest.
- Breathe slowly and comfortably.
- This is the one round.
- Same thing repeat with right leg pointing backwards.
- Hanumanasana helps to stretches the thighs, hamstrings and groins.
- It helps to stimulate the abdominal organs.
- Hanumanasana is the excellent test of leg flexibility at the hips.
- The asana is very useful in treating or preventing of sexual problems.
- The regular practice of this asana helps to ease in childbirth.
- It is also good for the smooth functioning of digestive system.
- It enhances the flexibility of the hips muscles.
- It also gives adequate stretch to the back muscles.
- Since it is known for excess stretching, good to overcome tension and stress.
- Practicing asana is beneficial for the health of legs, especially the knee, ankle, etc.
Hanumanasana contradictions and cautions
There are some precautions when Hanumanasana shouldn’t be practiced.
- This is the advanced asana, shouldn’t be tried mastery over the pose. Especially by the beginners.
- It shouldn’t be practiced by those who have stiff body.
- Groin problems
- Hamstring injuries
- Those who practice it for the first time should keep blanket or cushion under the buttocks to lessen the impact of strain.
- It shouldn’t be practiced strictly in case of slipped disc, sciatica, hernia, etc.
- While practicing this yoga pose, always listen to your body and the range of flexibility.
- It is advisable to practice this asana initially under the supervision of yoga expert.
Hanumanasana preparatory pose
- Baddha konasana
- Prasarita Padottanasana
- Supta Virasana
- Supta Baddha Konasana
- Supta Padangustasana
- Upavistha Konasana
Hanumanasana follow-up poses
- Eka Pada Rajakapotasana