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Crescent Lunge – Overview

Lesson Overview

  • Features: Crescent Lunge, and related poses such as Leaning Lunge, Runner’s Lunge and Vimanasana (Standing Pose)
  • Objective: Become knowledgeable about the pose and review detailed teaching considerations.
  • Description: Explain the Sanskrit naming; contraindications and cautions; associated benefits and typical effects; instructions and cues for setting up and practicing the pose; variations to meet particular intentions and needs; and more teaching considerations.

Naming

  • Crescent Lunge
  • High Lunge
  • Variation: Runner’s Lunge
  • Variation: Arms out to sides for Vimanasana (Airplane Pose)

Heart of Pose

  • Standing Pose
  • Warrior 1 Variation

Naming & Differentiation

While there are some differences among sources, the most common usage of the various names for Lunges are as follows:

Low Lunge
  • Back knee down
  • Hands to floor, to knee, or up by ears
  • See Anjaneyasana
High Lunge
  • Back knee lifted
  • Hands to floor, to knee, or up by ears
Crescent Lunge
  • Back knee lifted
  • Hands up by ears
Runner’s Lunge
  • Back knee lifted
  • Hands to floor
Utthan Pristhasana (Lizard Pose)
  • Back knee lifted or down
  • Hands or forearms to floor inside of front foot
Image of Vimanasana from Yoga International.

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