New Year’s Eve Yoga Pose: Anjaneyasana


Suki Dalury in Anjaneyasana, by Zoe Zimmerman for Sundara Studios 2013

Rapidly approaching the end of 2014 I invite you to take a moment to pause and offer gratitude for all that has transpired over the past twelve months.  Be it good or otherwise, without all of it, you would not be where you are right now, and where you are is moving forward.

It is in looking toward what we desire and away from what we don’t that we can set intentions for a better, more empowered future. When our intentions are rooted in the passion and gratitude of our hearts the likelihood of successfully accomplishing them increases ten fold.

Anjaneya is another name for Hanuman, meaning the son of Anjani.  Hanuman is a central figure in the Hindu Pantheon of Gods and his story is an epic tale of mischief, rejection, redemption, and ultimate devotion.  It was through the rejection of his poor mischievous behavior that he became passionate about redeeming himself and as a result, is now observed as the most beloved figure of devotional worship.

Anjaneyasana therefore, is a yoga posture of offering in the sprit of commitment. Begin by connecting to your heart in table-top position. Offering your practice to what you strive to attain as you step into your bright future, place your right foot between your hands. Inhale to lift your courageous heart while you root downward into your hips and the floor. Exhale to extend your right knee forward over your ankle and curl your heart higher toward the ceiling, lift your arms alongside your ears, and reach in all directions, expanding into your highest potential.

Stay for as long as you like in appreciation, faithfulness, and the remarkability of your self.  Exhale to unfold, and switch to your second side.

May you meet all of your heart’s desires with devotion and daring.