Crescent Pose (High Lunge Variation)

This high lunge variation, often called Crescent Pose or High Crescent Lunge, is the same as the previous high lunge, except the arms reach into the air. This will further challenge your balance and stretch your shoulders and chest.

This is a great way to advance your lunge and your yoga practice. Many of the alignment principles are the same as the High Lunge.

How to Do Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1

Begin in your High Lunge with the hands on either side of your feet.

Step 2

When you are ready, on an inhalation, reach your arms up to the sky. Stack your shoulders right over your hips. Keep the alignment of the legs strong- nothing changes because the body is upright now. The arms stretch up alongside the ears. Imagine you are squeezing a block between your hands to keep the energy strong.

Step 3

Draw the shoulders down into the back and feel the collar bones broad and open. The belly is drawn into the spine.

Crescent Pose Benefits

  • Improves balances
  • Stretches the hip flexors, chest, and shoulders
  • Strengthens the hips and legs
  • Decreases back pain