Hanumanasana (The Splits), Anjaneyasana (Low Lunge), Utthan Pristhasana (Lizard) – Overview

Lesson Overview

  • FeaturesHanumanasana (The Splits), Anjaneyasana (Low Lunge), and related poses such as Ardha Hanumanasana (Half Monkey Pose / Hamstring Stretch), Anjaneyasana (Low Lunge) and Utthan Pristhasana (Lizard 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.



“Hanuman” = name of monkey deity, reliever of suffering

Monkey Pose

Also known as: The Splits



Anjaneya” = arising from Anjana

Low Lunge

Ardha Hanumanasana

Half Monkey Pose

Also known as: Hamstring Stretch

Utthan Pristhasana

Lizard Pose

Heart of Poses

  • Hip Stretch


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
High Lunge
  • Back knee lifted
  • Hands to floor, to knee, or up by ears
  • See Crescent Lunge
Crescent Lunge
Runner’s Lunge
  • Back knee lifted
  • Hands to floor
  • See Crescent Lunge
  • Utthan Pristhasana (Lizard Pose)
  • Back knee lifted or down
  • Hands or forearms to floor inside of front foot


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