The benefits are the same as for ardha mats-yendrasana, but accentuated4.


Hanuman is the name of the monkey god of Hindu mythology who epitomizes bhakti. His whole being was completely devoted to Rama. He is one of the heroes in the great epic called the Ramayana, which is probably the most popular and widely read scripture in India. It tells of the adventures of Rama, his wife, Sita, and many other well-known characters, including Hanuman. Wandering in different parts of ancient India, Sita is abducted by a demon king called Ravana. Rama sends out search parties to look for her. Hanuman and his companions hear that she is in Sri Lanka (Ceylon) but they have no obvious method of crossing the sea. Eventually the dilemma is solved when Hanuman jumps over the sti aits separating Sri Lanka from mainland India. Hanumanasana symbolizes this mighty jump.

In English, hanumanasana can be called 'the monkey god pose' though a more widely known term is 'the splits'.

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