Half Moon Pose, also known as Ardha Chandrasana in Sanskrit, is a standing yoga pose that strengthens the legs, core, and back while stretching the hips and spine. It also improves balance and coordination. To enter the pose, begin in Triangle Pose (Trikonasana) and then bring your back foot to the ground, extend your top arm towards the ceiling and gaze upwards. Keep your front knee straight and engage your core to maintain balance. Hold the pose for several breaths before releasing.
Half Moon Pose is a challenging balance pose that requires focus and strength. It is a great pose to practice to improve balance, stability and core strength. It also strengthens the legs, glutes, and back muscles. It stretches the hips, spine, and shoulders, as well as opens the chest and lungs. This pose also helps to improve digestion and relieves stress.
When practicing Half Moon Pose, it is important to keep the front knee straight and engage the core muscles to maintain balance. The top arm should be extended towards the ceiling, and the gaze should be directed upward. The back leg should be straight and strong, with the foot planted firmly on the ground. To help maintain balance, you can use a wall or a chair for support.
Modifications for this pose include using a block under the front hand, and doing the pose against a wall for balance. It is important to not overarch the lower back, and not to push beyond your limits. Remember to be patient, and with practice you will get there.
How to perform half moon pose
To perform Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana), follow these steps:
- Begin in Trikonasana (Triangle Pose) with your feet 3-4 feet apart.
- Turn your left foot out 90 degrees, and your right foot in slightly.
- Extend your left arm towards the ceiling and gaze upwards.
- Bend your left knee, and bring your left hand to the inside of your left foot.
- Keep your right leg straight and strong as you lift your left leg off the ground.
- Keep your left leg parallel to the ground and extend your right arm towards the floor, keeping it parallel to the ground.
- Keep your core engaged and gaze up towards your left hand.
- Hold the pose for several breaths, then release and return to Trikonasana.
- Repeat on the other side.
It is important to keep the front knee straight, engage your core and keep the back leg straight and strong to maintain balance. If you are having trouble with balance, you can use a wall or chair for support. Remember to breathe deeply and steadily throughout the pose.