Ardha Chandrasana (Half-Moon Pose) is the second posture in the hot yoga warm-up sequence. In other words, it’s one that happens while we’re still getting grounded, focused; while we’re still waking up our bodies and minds.
It is an incredibly beneficial pose, however. It deserves time and attention, and will reward us when we practice it with full attention and commitment.
Among its many benefits, half-moon pose
- Provides energy and vitality for your practice
- Helps heal lower-back pain
- Corrects the posture
- Exercises the circulatory, glandular, pancreatic, muscular, respiratory, renal, and skeletal systems
- Improves digestion by toning abdominal organs and spinal nerves
- Firms and trims abdomen, buttocks, hips, and waistline
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Increases spinal flexibility
In order to get the most out of half-moon pose, we have to wake up and give it the attention it deserves! Here’s how you do it.
- Bring your arms over your head, interlace your fingers and release the index fingers
- Press your arms to your ears and your palms together. Maintain this through the pose.
- Extend your body, stretching towards the ceiling and lengthening your spine.
- Begin by moving left and right 10-15 times, inhaling and exhaling through the nose.
- Stop in the middle, extend your spine, drop your shoulders, then gradually bend to the right, from the hips.
- Keep your thighs engaged and pelvis tucked under.
- Breathe calmly in and out, gradually extending to stretch the whole body from fingertips to toes.
- Return to centre, reset, then bend to the left and repeat the stretch.
- In class, we do this twice on each side. In home practice you can play with the stretch by extending the duration, or repeating it more than twice.
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