Welcome back all!

This month’s article is in response to all of the many requests to give a modification for regular lunges. Ask and you shall receive…
This beautiful low lunge is just the thing to safely strengthen and stretch not only the lower body but you can also tone and shape the upper body as well. Thank you for including PRiMEWomen in your exercise routine and I will see you again next month!

Noelle Leon-McQueen PrimeWomen Fit Women Over 40

Summer Toning with Low Lunge (Anjaneyasana)

Always work within your own range of limits and abilities. If you have any medical concerns, talk with your doctor before practicing yoga.

Beginner’s Tip :

*  While this exercise may be difficult for a beginner to perform there are a few tips which can make the execution of it easier. One beginner’s tip for Low Lunge is to face a wall and practice this pose. This will help to improve the beginner’s balance. The big toe of the foot that is in front should be pressed against the wall and the arms should be stretched upwards with the fingers touching the wall as well.
*  If your knee is sensitive, you can place a blanket under your knee or double up your yoga mat for more cushioning.

Benefit to Body Part :

*  Stretches the gluteus maximus and the quadriceps.
*  Helps to strengthen as well as tone the muscles in the shoulders and the arms.
*  Regular practice of this pose leads to greater strength and flexibility in your legs, knees, hips, arms, shoulders, and abdomen.
*  Helps to strengthen one’s balance.

Therapeutic Applications :

* This pose is advisable for people who are suffering from sciatica as it stretches the hamstrings and leg muscles.
* Beneficial for the heart.
* Stretches and stimulates the lower body.

“Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look.”
― Marcus Aurelius

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