About Half Moon Pose
Half moon pose is the English name for the Sanskrit word Ardha Chandrasana, in which Ardha means half, Chandra means moon and asana means pose. Being one of the common but highly practiced asanas, it serves a great role in the field of yoga. It is a challenging yoga posture solely based on the balance of the body.
How to do Half moon pose
- To start with, be in an extended triangle pose keeping the right foot forward. While bending the right knee, keep the right hand’s fingertip on the floor or you can also keep the block around 12 to 18 inches in front of your foot.
- Start shifting your weight on your right foot and with that, draw your left foot forward along the floor. The right knee should be facing straight ahead not inwards.
- Now lift your left leg from the floor, pressing through the heel so that your foot stays flexed. Lengthen from the tailbone to your lifted heel.
- Move your chest against the mat that you are facing.
- Primarily keep your weight in your right leg, using your bottom hand as little as possible, primarily as a source of balance.
- Now slowly adjust your focus. It may be looking down, straight ahead, or up around the left hand.
- Try to stay in the same pose for around 60 seconds before lowering the left leg back to the floor and returning to the initial pose. Repeat on the other side.
Half moon pose is known as one of the most prominent asanas to enhance the body structure and give strength to the body to promote healthy living. This asana has many benefits like it expands chest and shoulders, increases easy movement in hip joints and neck, efficiently strengthens the ankles, thighs, and spine. This pose also provides a good stretch to the shoulders, chest, and hamstrings. It increases coordination and balance in the body. It also expands the energy of the body. gives physical, mental and emotional fatigue and reduces stress.
If you are having any kind of neck-related issue, don’t turn your head extremely upwards. It would be better to continue focusing straight ahead and keep both sides of the neck evenly and properly strong. In an exceptional situation or excessive practice of the same pose for a longer time, it may cause headaches or migraine, low blood pressure, diarrhea or insomnia.
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