High Lunge: Utthita Ashwa Sanchalanasana
Utthita : Raised
Ashwa Sanchalan: Horse, Riding Posture or Lunge.
This high lunge pose is a great static pose to focus on building strength in the legs, lower back and aiding mobility in the hip and shoulder girdle. This pose is a wonderful stretch in the hip flexors, thighs, hamstrings, ankles, chest, shoulders and brings a little bit of life to the base of the feet.
Practicing this pose also improves stability, concentration, core awareness and balance.
In the Sun Salutations each pose from the sequence energizes one of the seven chakras, from root to crown. Utthita ashwa sanchalanasana works on the ajna (third eye chakra), which is responsible for clear perception, intuition and ability to follow one's own Truth.
This pose also stimulates the sacral chakra and opens the heart chakra.
Beginners tip: Place yoga blocks under the hands or lower the back knee to the floor. Breathing into the posture and recognising the sensations your body creates is a great way of bringing awareness to the body.