Ardha Chandrasana – Half Moon Pose Benefits and Steps

Ardha Chandrasana -Half Moon Pose

The name comes from the Sanskrit words Ardha meaning “half”, Candra or Chandra meaning “moon” Asana – Pose. this yoga pose is creating stability in the standing leg in order to elevate and externally rotate the lifted leg and hip.

How To Perform Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose):-

Start with the Trikonasana on your right. Place your left hand on the left hip. Then, as you inhale, bend your right knee, and move the same foot about 12 inches forward. While you do this, move your right hand forward and place it beyond the toes of your right foot.

Exhale, press your right hand and right heel firmly into the floor, and straighten your right leg, simultaneously lifting the left leg parallel (or a little above parallel) to the floor. Extend actively through the left heel to keep the raised leg strong. Be careful not to lock (and so hyperextend) the standing knee: make sure the kneecap is aligned straight forward and isn’t turned inward.

Twist your upper torso towards your left, and move your left hip slightly forward. Place your left hand on your left hip. Place your head in a neutral position as you gaze forward.

Bear the body’s weight mostly on the standing leg. Press the lower hand lightly to the floor, using it to intelligently regulate your balance. Lift the inner ankle of the standing foot strongly upward, as if drawing energy from the floor into the standing groin. Press the sacrum and scapulas firmly against the back torso, and lengthen the coccyx toward the raised heel.

Hold the pose for a few seconds. Release and repeat on the other side.

Benefits of Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose):-

Improves coordination and sense of balance
Helps relieve stress
Improves digestion
Strengthens ankles, knees and legs
Roots thighbones to help alleviate backpain
Strengthens abdomen, buttocks and spine
Reduces anxiety, depression

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