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Peak pose from yoga class this morning – very impressed by my local yoginis 🙂

Hanumanasana – Monkey Pose

“It was the greatest leap ever taken. The speed of Hanuman’s jump pulled blossoms and flowers into the air after him and they fell like little stars on the waving treetops. The animals on the beach had never seen such a thing; they cheered Hanuman, then the air burned from his passage, and red clouds flamed over the sky …” (Ramayana, retold by William Buck).  Excerpt from Yoga Journal

This pose, aside from being beautiful, stretches the thighs, hamstrings & groin & stimulates the abdominal organs for a nice visceral massage.  Also great for those with tight glutes and relief of sciatica pain.  Love it!

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