Hanuman, a well known monkey god, is a representation of strength, bravery and devotion. He is the son of Vayu (lord of the winds) and Anjana, and also the dedicated servant of Rama. There are many stories of Hanuman! When he was young, he thought the sun was a ripe fruit, leapt up to it and swallowed it! Luckily, the other gods and goddesses talked him out of eating the sun, so the world was saved from darkness. He was able to get as big as a large building and as small as an ant to get out of trouble. He was mischievous too- pulling on the wise men’s beards and throwing fruit at them during meditation. Hanuman was a devotional warrior and leader of an army of monkeys, and he leapt across the Indian Ocean to save Rama’s wife Sita from capture. He also flew to the Himalayas and returned with a mountain full of medicinal herbs to save the army.
Hanumanasana is an example of the dedication, strength and power of Hanuman! Coined “devotion in motion”, this pose takes time to slowly build the flexibility and strength needed to practice the pose. The dedication to practice again and again regardless of results. The courage to go for it! And the devotional surrender to the practice. To get into this pose, you will need to lengthen the hamstrings, calves and soles of the feet. Lengthen the quads, hips flexors and psoas. And, strengthen the back and core! Enjoy this 10 pose sequence!
Tools to help:
- Prop yourself! Add a bolster, blanket or block under the front thigh. Take hands to blocks (or the bolster) on either side of the body.
- Square the hips. Scissor both legs together. Legs active!
- Lift the pelvic floor and draw the low belly in. Lift the chest and broaden the collar bones.
- Classic Sun Salutations is a wonderful warm up for this sequence. Remember to work purposefully and slowly!