High Lunge pose (Sanskrit: Utthita Ashwa Sanchalanasana) is both a hip stabilization and stretching posture.
The focus is primarily on the hip flexors while keeping the legs and trunk active. It is therefore a great preparatory posture to open the hips for deeper range of motion during your practice.
Also often called a Runner’s Lunge, this stretch is a great warm-up stretch for any activity.
For many people who live sedentary lifestyles or work in an office, High Lunge is a great way to work out tension in the hips after sitting all day. Tension in the hips can lead to back and hip pain and this posture works to counteract that tightness and stiffness.
It is important to be mindful of the knee placement (it should be directly over your ankle) in this position because if it is incorrect, it can cause more harm than good.