What is monkey pose?
- Monkey pose yoga is the English name of Hanumanasana, which is itself a Sanskrit word, derived from Hanuman.
- I have seen few of my senior yoga teachers who are quite fond of practicing this yoga pose on regular basis. Even at the age of sixty plus, their facial complexions are beaming. Might be the impacts of these yoga poses.
- It is a yoga pose known for greater flexibility.
- Hanumanasana is pronounced as hah-new-mahn-AHS-anna.
- It is the split. In yoga, it is performed with closed hips while in case of gymnastics; it is done with open hips. However, in yoga, focus is also given on breathing.
8 amazing benefits of monkey pose
Here, we will give maximum focus on the health benefits of monkey pose.
- Reversing the signs of aging: We have been taught in the yoga classes that flexibility is indirectly proportional to aging. Means more flexibility ensures slow down the aging process. The monkey pose give the highest level of flexibility to the body. At the same time, it facilitates better breathing along with decreasing the stress level.
- Prevent sexual problems: The practicing of the Hanumanasana affects the reproductive organs viz. ovary and testes. It also gives flexibility to these body parts and consequently provides better oxygenated blood to the sexual organs.
- Ensure easy labor: Though, the yoga pose requires extra practice to come in the final pose. However, if it is practiced under the supervision of a Yoga teacher, the pregnant mother can be benefited. The practice of the yoga pose helps to give massage to perineum and also ensure proper breathing to the mother.
- Relieve stress: It provides adequate stretching to the body thus removes stiffness from the muscles and nerves thereby helpful in overcoming stress and tension. It also helps in removing toxins from the body.
- Smooth digestion: The practice of the monkey pose stimulates the abdominal organs. It not only helps in secretion of gastric juices but also strengthens the digestive organs. It enhances the efficiency of these organs and good for digestion as well as prevents constipation.
- Yoga for flexibility: Yoga poses are known for flexibility. This is one of the best yoga pose to give greater extent of flexibility to the hips, thighs, hamstrings, groins and legs. Thus, will be beneficial in curing of knee pain and leg muscular weakness.
- Remove back pain: It helps to make supple and flexible to the lower spine. It also strengths the lower back.
- Muscle strength: It has been shown through research that the practice of this split helps to improve muscle strength, muscle endurance, flexibility, and agility. Besides, removing muscle weakness, it also reduces stiffness of the body.
Top 5 facts about Monkey Pose
- The name has been taken from Hindu mythology named Hanuman, who rescued Sita, the wife of Bagwan Ram. Sita was made captive on the island of Sri Lanka and lord Hanuman made huge splits between the southern tip of India and Sri Lanka to save her.
- In Sanskrit, it is known as Hanumanasana (hah-new-mahn-AHS-anna). It is also known as splits.
- It is a seated pose wherein the maximum thrust is experienced on the lower parts of the body.
- Hanumanasana means Hanuman-‘Lord Hanuman’ and asana indicates to yoga pose.
- The muscles, which are actively involve are Psoas major, Quadriceps, Rectus femoris and Hamstrings.
You’ll know you’re doing this pose effectively when you can breathe freely. Until all the flexion, extension, and rotational forces have been neutralized, and the spine can extend easily, the breathing will tend to be labored and rough. The use of props such as blocks, straps, or blankets is highly recommended so that the work can be done in a gradual way that doesn’t excessively disturb the rhythm of the breath.
It shouldn’t be done in the following cases.
- Injury in the hamstring
- Groin injury
- Don’t exert yourself for the full split
- Better to avoid by those who are having stiff body.
- Slipped disc
- One shouldn’t try for perfection of the pose.
- Beginners should put cushion under the buttocks.
- Better to start the pose with the yoga teacher.