Half Lord of the Fishes Pose
March 30, 2015
Handstand
March 30, 2015

Half Moon Pose

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Anatomy

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Pose Type

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Sanskrit

Ardha Chandrasana
(ar-dha chahn-DRAHS-anna)
ardha = half
chandra = moon

BENEFITS

  • Improves overall balance
  • Stretches the shoulders, spine, chest, and hamstrings
  • Strengthens the thighs, buttocks, knees, and ankles
  • Strengthens the core
  • Improves digestion
  • Relieves stress

CONTRAINDICATIONS

  • Pregnancy
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Low blood pressure

HOW TO

  1. Begin in Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle) with your right foot forward.
  2. Bend your right leg. Place your right fingertips on the floor, about 12 inches in front of your right toes, and at the same time step your left foot in about 12 inches.
  3. Focus your gaze at one point on the floor. Shift all your weight into your right leg, then inhale, and lift your left leg up.
  4. Reach your left arm to the sky and bring your left leg parallel to the ground. Flex the foot. Open your torso to the left.
  5. Stay in Half Moon pose for several breaths. Exhale and bring your back foot to the floor to return to Extended Triangle pose. Change sides.

MODIFY OR REPLACE

Alternatives:

Modifications:

  • Place a block under the bottom hand.

SEQUENCING TIPS

Before:

After:

TEACHING CUES

  • Open your torso and chest.
  • Do not lock the standing knee.
  • Flex strongly through the top foot.
  • Keep most of your bodyweight in the standing leg and not the hand; use the fingertips for support only.

VARIATIONS

  • Lift the bottom hand several inches off the floor.
  • Gaze up toward the sky.

WATCH OUT FOR

  • Chest collapsing
  • Locked standing knee