Hanumanasana (The Splits) & Anjaneyasana (Low Lunge) – Overview


This Asana Digest covers: Monkey Pose / The Splits and other related poses such as Ardha Hanumanasana (Half Monkey Pose / Hamstring Stretch), Anjaneyasana (Low Lunge) and Utthan Pristhasana (Lizard Pose)

Sanskrit & Naming

  • Hanumanasana


Hanuman= name of monkey deity, reliever of suffering

Monkey Pose

Also known as: The Splits

  • Anjaneyasana


“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

Utthan Pristhasana (Lizard Pose)

  • Back knee lifted or down
  • Hands or forearms to floor inside of front foot


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