What is Hanumanasana?

Hanumanasana is also knows as the splits or Monkey pose. However, the alignment of the yoga splits is subtly but significantly different. In yoga, Monkey Pose is done with closed hips, while in gymnastics splits are done with open hips.

The mythology behind the name of this pose aims to teach you about taking a leap of faith and being devoted to others. Hanumanasana‘s name comes from the Hindu monkey god Hanuman. In the eponymous text, Hanuman must rescue Sita, the wife of the deity Rama. Sita is being held on the island of Sri Lanka, so Hanuman must take a very big step across the straits that separate the island from the mainland in order the reach her. This giant step is interpreted as a split in this pose. Yoga teachers often like to tell this story while you are holding this pose for what seems like an eternity, which is a lesson in patience.

Benefits of doing Hanumanasana

  1. Hanumanasana helps to stretches the thighs, hamstrings and groins.
  2. It helps to stimulate the abdominal organs.
  3. Hanumanasana is the excellent test of leg flexibility at the hips.
  4. The asana is very useful in treating or preventing of sexual problems.
  5. The regular practice of this asana helps to ease in childbirth.
  6. It is also good for the smooth functioning of digestive system.
  7. It enhances the flexibility of the hips muscles.
  8. It also gives adequate stretch to the back muscles.
  9. Since it is known for excess stretching, good to overcome tension and stress.
  10. Practicing asana is beneficial for the health of legs, especially the knee, ankle, etc.

How to do Hanumanasana?

  1. First of all kneel on the left knee.
  2. Place the right foot beside the left knee.
  3. Slowly slide the left foot backwards and the right foot forwards without taking undue strain. Move the legs as far as backwards and forwards.
  4. Now, balance the weight of the body with your hands.
  5. Try to put the buttocks on the floor.
  6. Relax the whole body.
  7. Place the hands together in front of the chest.
  8. Breathe slowly and comfortably.
  9. This is the one round.
  10. Same thing repeat with right leg pointing backwards.

Precaution when practicing Hanumanasana:

  • Do not practice this yoga pose in case you are suffering from any injuries, especially in the hamstring or groin area.
  • While practicing the pose, go slow and be careful at all times. This means that you should not push your body, beyond its limits of comfort.

    Forcing any yoga pose can lead to an injury and the Monkey Pose, being such an advanced one, is no different.
  • With regular practice, you should be able to execute the split all the way, but until then, only go as deep into the pose, as your body comfortably allows you to.