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Ashta Chandrasana (High Lunge Pose): Unleashing Strength and Balance

High Lunge Pose, or Ashta Chandrasana, is a standing yoga posture that embodies grace, strength, and poise. In this pose, one leg is positioned forward with a deep bend in the knee, while the other leg remains extended straight behind, creating a dynamic and powerful stance. This energizing asana engages the entire body, offering a multitude of physical and mental benefits.

Ashta Chandrasana (High Lunge Pose)

The name "High Lunge Pose" reflects the elevated and expansive nature of the posture. It symbolizes reaching for the heights of our potential, both physically and spiritually. Just as a lunge propels us forward, this pose propels us toward growth, transformation, and self-realization. Sometimes it is also referred as Alanasana Or Utthita Ashwa Sanchalanasana. In English, often it’s called Crescent Pose or Crescent Lunge.

How to Do High Lunge Pose:

  1. Begin in a standing position at the top of your mat.

  2. Take a deep breath in, exhale, and step one foot back, creating a comfortable distance between your feet.

  3. Bend your front knee at a 90-degree angle, ensuring that it is directly above your ankle.

  4. Keep your back leg straight, with your heel lifted and toes grounded.

  5. Engage your core muscles and lift your torso, maintaining an upright position.

  6. Relax your shoulders and extend your arms upward, reaching toward the sky.

  7. Find your balance and hold the pose, breathing deeply and mindfully.

  8. Repeat the steps on the opposite side, allowing your body to experience balance and harmony.

Ashta Chandrasana (High Lunge Pose)

When to Do High Lunge Pose

High Lunge Pose can be practiced at any time during the day. However, it is particularly beneficial in the morning to awaken your body and set a positive tone for the day ahead. It can also be practiced as a warm-up pose before engaging in more intense physical activities or as part of a yoga sequence.

Preparatory Poses

To prepare your body for High Lunge Pose, you may consider practicing the following poses:

  • Mountain Pose (Tadasana)

  • Forward Fold (Uttanasana)

  • Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

  • Warrior I (Virabhadrasana I)

Follow-Up Poses

After experiencing the revitalizing effects of High Lunge Pose, you can transition into the following poses to deepen your practice and explore further:

  • Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II)

  • Crescent Pose (Anjaneyasana)

  • Tree Pose (Vrikshasana)

  • Warrior III (Virabhadrasana III)


High Lunge Pose primarily activates and balances the Root Chakra (Muladhara). This energy center is located at the base of the spine and is associated with stability, grounding, and a sense of security. By stimulating the Root Chakra, High Lunge Pose helps us establish a strong foundation and enhances our connection to the Earth.

 Root Chakra (Muladhara)

Mantra for High Lunge Pose

While practicing High Lunge Pose, you can embrace the power of the following mantra: "I am strong and grounded, reaching for my highest potential."

Alignment Cues

To optimize your practice and ensure proper alignment in High Lunge Pose, keep the following cues in mind:

  • Align your front knee directly over your ankle, avoiding it from extending beyond the toes.

  • Engage your core muscles to support your spine and maintain an upright posture.

  • Lengthen your tailbone down towards the Earth, avoiding any excessive arching in the lower back.

  • Relax your shoulders away from your ears and broaden your chest.

  • Extend your arms upward, palms facing each other, with your gaze focused forward.

Duration of Hold

Hold High Lunge Pose for about 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side, gradually increasing the duration as you become more comfortable and confident in the pose.


During High Lunge Pose, fix your gaze forward or slightly upward, allowing your eyes to remain soft and receptive. This drishti (focal point) helps you maintain focus and stability throughout the practice.

Physical & Spiritual Awareness

High Lunge Pose offers a holistic experience that nurtures both the physical and spiritual aspects of your being. As you engage your muscles and find balance, be mindful of the sensations in your body. Notice the strength and stability you cultivate with each breath. Embrace the profound sense of grounding and presence that arises, connecting you to your inner self and the present moment.

Beginners' Tips

For those new to High Lunge Pose, consider these helpful tips:

  • Start with a shorter stance and gradually increase the distance between your feet as your flexibility improves.

  • Use yoga blocks or props under your hands for added support and stability.

  • Focus on finding balance and stability in the pose before attempting any modifications or variations.

  • Remember to listen to your body and honor its limits. Be patient with yourself as you progress in your practice.

Who Should Not Do High Lunge Pose

Individuals with knee or ankle injuries should avoid or modify High Lunge Pose to prevent further discomfort or strain. Pregnant women or those with high blood pressure should also exercise caution or seek guidance from a qualified yoga instructor before attempting this pose.

Who Should Do High Lunge Pose

High Lunge Pose is suitable for most practitioners, including those looking to improve strength, stability, and flexibility. It can benefit individuals seeking to enhance their focus, cultivate a sense of balance, and embrace their inner power.

Benefits of High Lunge Pose

The practice of High Lunge Pose offers an array of benefits that extend beyond the physical realm:

  1. Strengthens the legs, core, and gluteal muscles.

  2. Improves balance, stability, and coordination.

  3. Stretches the hip flexors, quadriceps, and hamstrings.

  4. Opens the chest and shoulders, enhancing posture and lung capacity.

  5. Invigorates the body and boosts energy levels.

  6. Stimulates the Root Chakra, promoting a sense of grounding and stability.

  7. Cultivates mental focus, clarity, and resilience.

  8. Develops inner strength, confidence, and determination.

Variations of High Lunge Pose

High Lunge Pose can be modified or varied to suit individual needs and preferences. Some popular variations include:

Badha Ashta Chandrasana (Bound Lunge Pose)

Badha Ashta Chandrasana, also known as Bound Lunge Pose, combines the grounding energy of a lunge with a gentle twist, creating a harmonious blend of strength and openness. This pose symbolizes the balance between stability and freedom, as well as the integration of mind, body, and spirit.

Badha Ashta Chandrasana (Bound Lunge Pose)

How to Do Badha Ashta Chandrasana-

  1. Begin in a standing position at the front of your mat.

  2. Take a step back with your left foot, extending it straight behind you.

  3. Bend your right knee, lowering into a lunge position. Ensure your right knee is directly above your ankle and your left leg is straight.

  4. Bring your hands to your heart center, palms pressed together.

  5. Inhale deeply, lengthening your spine.

  6. Exhale and twist your torso to the right, placing your left elbow on the outside of your right thigh.

  7. Gently press your elbow against your thigh to deepen the twist, while keeping your palms together.

  8. Keep your gaze soft and forward, maintaining a steady breath.

  9. Hold the pose for several breaths, allowing the twist to deepen with each exhale.

  10. To release, inhale and return your hands to your heart center.

  11. Exhale as you step your left foot forward to meet your right foot.

  12. Repeat the pose on the other side, stepping your right foot back and twisting to the left.

Parivrtta Ashta Chandrasana (Revolved Lunge Pose)

Parvritta Ashta Chandrasana, or Revolved Lunge Pose, combines the stability of a lunge with a revitalizing twist. This pose represents the idea of releasing tension and embracing transformation, as well as creating space for new possibilities to unfold.

Parivrtta Ashta Chandrasana (Revolved Lunge Pose)

How to Do Parivrtta Ashta Chandrasana

  1. Begin in a standing position at the front of your mat.

  2. Step your left foot back, extending it straight behind you.

  3. Bend your right knee, creating a lunge position. Ensure your right knee is directly above your ankle and your left leg is straight.

  4. Bring your hands to your heart center.

  5. Inhale deeply, lengthening your spine.

  6. Exhale and twist your torso to the right, placing your left hand on the outside of your right thigh.

  7. Extend your right arm upward, reaching toward the sky, with your gaze following your fingertips.

  8. Keep your hips squared and your core engaged to maintain stability.

  9. Breathe deeply, allowing the twist to deepen with each exhale.

  10. Hold the pose for several breaths, feeling the rejuvenating energy of the twist.

  11. To release, exhale and lower your hands back to your heart center.

  12. Step your left foot forward to meet your right foot.

  13. Repeat the pose on the other side, stepping your right foot back and twisting to the left.

Modifications for High Lunge Pose

If you require modifications to accommodate your body's needs, consider the following options:

  1. Use props such as yoga blocks to provide support and stabilize the front knee.

  2. Lower the back knee to the ground or place a folded blanket under it for added comfort.

  3. Maintain a shorter stance or reduce the depth of the lunge to lessen the strain on the front knee.

Common Mistakes

Avoid these common mistakes when practicing High Lunge Pose:

  1. Allowing the front knee to extend beyond the toes, placing excess pressure on the knee joint.

  2. Collapsing the chest and rounding the shoulders, compromising proper alignment.

  3. Forgetting to engage the core muscles, leads to instability and loss of balance.

  4. Straining the neck by tensing the muscles or looking upward excessively.

Safety and Precautions

While High Lunge Pose is generally safe for most practitioners, it's essential to practice with awareness and listen to your body. Take the following precautions:

  1. If you have any pre-existing injuries or medical conditions, consult a healthcare professional or a certified yoga instructor before attempting this pose.

  2. Gradually build up to the full expression of the pose, allowing your body to adapt and strengthen over time.

  3. If you experience pain or discomfort, ease out of the pose and make necessary modifications.

Additional Preparation Tips

Direction to Face: Face the direction that feels most natural and comfortable. No specific requirement for facing a particular direction. Let your body align intuitively with the space.

What to Wear: Choose comfortable, breathable clothing that allows free movement. Opt for stretchable fabrics providing flexibility and support.

Suitable Place and Fragrance: Find a peaceful, well-ventilated space. Consider grounding and uplifting essential oils like lavender, sandalwood, or patchouli for a soothing aroma.

Music: Create a harmonious ambiance with gentle instrumental music or nature sounds. Select melodies that inspire and deepen your connection to the present moment.

High Lunge Pose (Ashta Chandrasana) empowers us to tap into our inner strength, find balance, and embrace our growth potential. By practicing this dynamic pose with proper alignment and mindfulness, we awaken the physical and spiritual dimensions within us. So, step onto your mat, embody the grace and power of High Lunge Pose, and embark on a journey of self-discovery and transformation. Remember, the path to strength and balance begins with a single step and an open heart.

Happy yoga-ing, everyone!


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