This week, my pal Ellie Bernstein and I are hosting a little Instagram challenge #GetYourHanumanOn as we prepare to travel to Boulder for my favorite yoga festival, Hanuman Festival! Hanumanasana, or squared hip splits is a big posture that can be very challenging! This asana necessarily requires patient opening of the hips, hamstrings as well as the quadriceps. It encourages us to cultivate a burning desire to work towards a long-term goal of a pose that may never show up in our bodies. It demands that we check our ego at the door, so we can avoid pushing too far, too fast. Working towards Hanumanasana just might help us open the back line of fascia that often tightens causing problems up the back chain of our bodies. It could help open our hip flexors that tighten due to our desk jobs and sedetary lifestyles. Finally, it teaches us that if we have faith in the work, reaching the asana will simply be icing on the cake.
The above sequence can be done anywhere, anytime. Once in Parsvottanasana, you can step back into Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog) or forward into Uttanasana (forward fold). It can even be added onto your Sun Salutations to make a mini flow!
Have Faith. Do The Work. Keep Practicing.
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