HALF MOON POSE
Sanskrit Name – Ardha Chandrasana
Sanskrit Name Meaning – Ardha – Half, Chandra – Moon, Asana - Pose
Type of Asana – Standing Balancing Yoga Pose
Target Areas – Full Body
WHAT IS HALF MOON POSE (ARDHA CHANDRASANA)?
Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana) is a standing balancing Yoga pose that improves concentration and stability. It helps you refocus and reconnect.
DO NOT PRACTICE HALF MOON POSE (ARDHA CHANDRASANA) IF:
You have an ankle or lower back injury
You’ve recently had surgery
BENEFITS OF HALF MOON POSE (ARDHA CHANDRASANA)
Stretches your legs
Increases focus and concentration
Improves your balance
HOW TO PRACTICE HALF MOON POSE (ARDHA CHANDRASANA) IN 3 EASY STEPS
Start in Extended Triangle Pose (Utthita Trikonasana) with your left foot forward. Place your right hand on your right hip and gaze towards the floor. Bend your front left leg and shift your weight to it. Place your left hand on the floor slightly in front of you for balance.
Lift your back right leg up so that it is level with your hip. Raise your right hand to the ceiling. You can keep your gaze to the floor or gaze up towards your right hand.
Stay in this pose for as long as you feel comfortable and when you’re finished repeat on the other side.
HALF MOON POSE (ARDHA CHANDRASANA) VARIATION – USE A CHAIR
Use a chair to help with balance. Place your forearm or hand on the chair and lift your leg as high as you comfortably can.
Extended Triangle Pose - Utthita Trikonasana
Tree Pose - Vrksasana
FOLLOW UP POSES
Standing Forward Bend – Uttanasana
Wide-Legged Standing Forward Bend – Prasarita Padottanasana