Hanumanasana, (Sanskrit: हनुमानासन) or Monkey Pose is an asana. The name comes from the Sanskrit words Hanuman (a divine entity in Hinduism who resembles a monkey) and asana (posture), and commemorates the giant leap made by Hanuman to reach the Lankan islands from the mainland of India. The yogi pushes one leg forward and one leg backwards until they are in the splits position. Once the yogi has moved the legs into position, there are several variations of arm and upper body position including Añjali Mudrā.
- Stretches the thighs, hamstrings, groins
- Stimulates the abdominal organs