This week’s pose is Ardha Chandrasana (ard-hah chahn-drahs-anna) – Half Moon Pose. This is a great pose to work the deep layers of the muscles on your legs, build a strong core and stay balanced. I love balancing poses; they require a great deal of concentration, truly allowing you to be present.
Getting into Ardha Chandrasana – Half moon pose
1. Stand in Tadasana (firmly rooting your feet into the ground).
2. Take a wide stance with your feet. (If you extend your arms to the side, your feet should align with your hands).
3. Pivot your left foot inwards and a 45 degree angle and your right toes pointing straight ahead. (Engage the muscles on your legs by doing the action of drawing them together)
4. Bend your right knee, spread your toes (spreading your toes will help with balance) and place your right fingertips about 10 inches in front of the right foot. Your left hand comes to your hip.
5. Press into the mat with your right hand and foot as you float your left leg up (engage your left leg by pressing your inner thighs away from the floor).
6. Once you find your balance extend the left hand towards the ceiling.
7. Keep a strong balance and from your core begin to turn towards the ceiling.
8. Hold for 3 deep breaths.
9. Slowly bring your left hand back to your hip, turn your gaze down to the floor, bend your right knee and bring the left leg down.
10. Press into the floor and bring yourself back up.
11. Repeat on the other side.
- Strengthens ankles, thighs and glutes.
- Improves circulation and increases energy.
- Opens hips, chest and shoulders.
- Builds strong core and tones the back muscles.
- Improves balance and stability.
- Creates self-awareness
- Builds concentration
- Stimulates the mind and soul
- Relieves stress