Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose)

Instructions

  • First start from Trikonasana, soften the right knee and slowly bring the left hand to your hip.
  • Second step is to slowly bring the right hand to the floor about a foot in front of the right foot. Your fingertips should be on the floor. Stay focussed.
  • Third step is to begin straightening the right leg while simultaneously raising the left leg.
  • Fourth step is opening the hips and stacking the left hip on top of the right hip.
  • Fifth step is to bring the left leg straight and parallel to the floor. Now flex the left foot with the toes facing forward.
  • When you feel balanced on the right leg, reach the left arm up toward the ceiling. If you are happy here, stay here.
  • Sixth step is to open the chest and make a straight line with the right and left arms.
  • Finally, bring the gaze up toward the left fingertips. Take a deep breath.
  • Repeat on the left side.

Beginners: Use a block underneath the right hand. Start with the pose near a wall and bring the left foot to the wall when you raise the left leg.

Advanced: Bring the right hand a few inches off of the floor or onto your right ankle. Try to reach back and clasp the left ankle.


Breathing

BREATH deeply! If you are not breathing that means you are not present. Go as slowly as you need to for maintaining your breathing at all times.


Benefits

  • Strengthens legs, ankles, abdomen, buttocks and spine
  • Stretches groins, hamstrings, calves, shoulders, and spine of an individual
  • Opens the hips and chest
  • Helps building coordination and balance
  • Improves your digestion
  • Provides stress relief
  • Serves as therapeutic for anxiety, fatigue, menstrual pain, backache, fertility, sciatica, osteoporosis, indigestion, gastritis and constipation


Chakra

Opens and balances your Muladhara Chakra, Svadhisthana Chakra and Manipura Chakra


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