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Crescent Lunge (High Lunge)

No Sanskrit for this variation

Crescent Lunge is a warming and strengthening posture that tones your glutes and legs, while lengthening your hip flexors and spine.

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Step By Step

  1. Stand with your feet hip width distance apart and your arms by your side. Step your left foot back about 3.5 to 4 feet.
  2. Bend your right knee until your right thigh bone is parallel to the floor. Keep your back heal stlightly lifted. Keep your back leg straight and strong, but not hyperextended.
  3. Reach your arms above your head with your palms facing inward. Keep your lower ribs drawn in as you lift your chest and lengthen your spine. As you lunge into your front knee, continue to reach up towards the ceiling.
  4. You can look directly forward or gaze up slightly towards your hands.
  5. Hold for several breaths. To release, lower your arms and step your back foot forward. Repeat on the other side.
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Other Names

  • High Lunge
  • Lunge Pose
  • Crescent Pose


  • Strengthens legs, thighs, upper back muscles, shoulders, and arms
  • Lengthens spine and chest muscles
  • Stretches hip flexors (psoas) and quads
  • Increases stamina and energy while improving focus and circulation


  • High blood pressure
  • Knee or ankle injury


  • You can bring your back knee to the floor to modify
  • If you have limited range of motion in your arms or shoulders, you can keep your hands on your hips or reach your arms directly forward


Crescent Lunge stimulates the Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana), and Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura). This pose helps inspire creativity and connectivity and confidence.