What are Anjaneyasana, Parsvottanasana and Trikonasana?

Malaika Arora shared an Instagram reel on Tuesday that talked about three asanas that help in improving body flexibility. The asanas are Anjaneyasana, Parsvottanasana and Trikonasana. Read all about these poses here.

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Malaika doing the Parsvottanasana.
Malaika doing the Parsvottanasana.

Malaika Arora's weekly series called ‘Malaika’s Move of the Week’ gives a dose of motivation to her fans and followers. This week, she shared a yoga workout video and motivated us to lead a healthy lifestyle.

For this week, Malaika targeted body flexibility with three asanas called the Anjaneyasana, Parsvottanasana and Trikonasana. She also shared pictures of herself doing the yoga poses. She wrote, “These poses will stretch your muscles and increase your range of motion.”

See Malaika’s post here:

Malaika urged her followers to practice these poses to see visible results and a sense of rejuvenation. If you’re as intrigued as we are, this article is for you to know about the asanas in detail.

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ANJANEYASANA, PARSVOTTANASANA AND TRIKONASANA

ANJANEYASANA

Malaika doing the Anjaneyasana.

The Anjaneyasana is also commonly called the Low Lunge Pose or the Crescent Pose, as the body resembles the shape of a crescent while doing the asana. To do the pose, start by getting into a downward-facing dog position. Next, you’d have to come in a low lunge position by bringing one foot forward. The ankle and knee of the leg must be in a line, creating a 90-degree bend. Follow the step by bringing the other knee to the ground. Bring both your hands above your head in a namaste position.

This pose stretches the hips and opens up the shoulders and chest. In case of any spinal injury, one can avoid the pose.

PARSVOTTANASANA

Malaika doing the Parsvottanasana.

Parsvottanasana is also known as the Intense Side Stretch Pose. One can stretch their legs and spine with this pose. It also strengthens the calves and stabilizes body posture.

To do the pose, stand straight and place your legs 3-4 feet apart from each other. Bring the right leg at a 90-degree position, and bend the left leg at 45 degrees.

Now, turn your upper body to the right side. As you bend down, bring both your hands in a reverse prayer position. Stay there while inhaling and exhaling deeply.

Your focus must be to balance the body. This asana soothes the brain and has an evident relieving effect on mental stress levels. You must be precautious while performing this asana and avoid putting too much strain on either knee. Pregnant women must do this only under expert supervision.

TRIKONASANA

Malaika doing the Trikonasana.

The last on the list is Trikonasana, also known as the Triangle Pose. It gets its name from the shape of a triangle that it resembles when performed. The pose focuses on improving the flexibility of the spine and pelvic region.

To do this pose, place your feet apart from each other. Spread your arms to the outside and bend towards the right side.

Now, bring the right arm towards the floor. At the same time, take your left hand and point it towards the ceiling. Stay in the same position while breathing comfortably for 5-6 breaths, or as long as your body allows.

The pose helps in correcting the alignment of the shoulders. One should avoid putting strain on their knees while performing it.

Women in their second and third trimester of pregnancy must avoid this asana. Individuals with slip disc issues should also avoid the asana.

We are definitely adding these asanas to our workout schedule this weekend. Which asana are you trying?

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