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Yoga Styles & Poses

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The Half Moon yoga pose, or Ardha Chandrasana, is a dynamic and invigorating posture that embodies balance and grace. This pose challenges the practitioner to find stability on one leg while extending the opposite leg and arm, creating a powerful expression of openness and strength. Half Moon pose not only improves balance and coordination but also enhances concentration and mental focus. It engages various muscle groups, promoting strength in the legs, core, and shoulders while simultaneously providing a deep stretch to the chest, hips, and hamstrings. The pose’s name, reminiscent of the luminescent half moon, suggests a sense of calm and poise, encouraging practitioners to embrace their inner radiance and equilibrium.

How do you do Half Moon?

Step 1.

Usually entered from another open hip posture like warrior II, side angle, or triangle, begin by shifting your weight onto the front leg (right).

Step 2.

With your front foot facing forward, bend your front knee to lean your torso forward, placing your left hand on your left hip to stabilize, and shifting your weight into the right hand and foot as you reach the right hand 12-14” forward and diagonal in front of your right toes (or on a block).

Step 3.

Peel your torso open to face the left side of the space and extend your spine, while lifting the back leg and externally rotating the back hip to create a long line between the crown of head and flexed back foot.

Step 4.

With active legs, stack your left hip over the right, left shoulder over the right so that chest and hips are both open to the left side of your space.

Step 5.

Extend your arms energetically apart from each other, with bottom hand grounding on the mat or block for support, top arm reaching up to the sky.

Step 6.

Gaze can be down to the bottom hand for more stability, or lifted toward the top hand once you feel stable. Use your breath and focus on a fixed point (drishti) to help maintain balance.

Step 7.

Engage your core to help with stability, and keep a micro-bend in your standing leg to avoid locking the knee.

Step 8.

To exit, bend the standing leg, stepping the left foot down.

Benefits of Half Moon

Tool to practice and improve balance
Strengthen the entire body, especially the legs
Stretches the groin, opens the hips
Builds strength and confidence towards more advanced poses like inversions

Variations of Half Moon

Chapasana: Grab the lifted foot with the top hand behind you and kick the foot into hand for front body opening.
Use a block under your bottom hand to bring the floor up
Practice near a wall for added support and balance

Other Yoga Poses to Try

  • The Downward Dog yoga pose, known as “Adho Mukha Svanasana” in Sanskrit, has a rich history rooted in ancient yoga traditions. The pose finds its origins in the practice of Hatha Yoga, a branch that focuses on physical postures to

  • The 4-Limbed Staff yoga pose tones the arms, strengthens the core, increases upper body strength, and prepares the body for arm balances and inversions.

  • The forward fold yoga pose, also known as Uttanasana, is a fundamental posture that embodies a gentle surrender and deep release within the practice.

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