Crescent Lunge Pose (Sometimes called High Lunge or Runner’s Lunge) stretches the legs, groin and hip flexors while opening the front body. It strengthens the lower body while adding an element of balance to improve stability and strengthen the mind.
In this variation of the pose, adding a block under the front foot adds additional stretch, particularly in the groin.
Crescent Lunge Variation with a Block: How to Do it Step-by-Step
Begin in Tabletop, moving the knees back slightly so they are lined up behind the hips. Place a block lengthwise inside your right hand.
Bring your right knee forward and step your right foot onto the block, making sure that the heel and ball of the foot are supported. Allow your right hip to move forward, keeping the left knee behind the hip, and place your hands on your right thigh.
Tone your lower belly, keep the shoulders pressing back, and stay here for 5-10 breaths.
How to Release:
Come back into tabletop by bringing the hands down to the mat first, then releasing the right leg back. Repeat on the other side.
Tip: Place a folded mat or blanket beneath the back knee if you have tenderness in your knees.