Half Moon Pose | Strengthen Your Ankles and Build Stability
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There are tons of poses in yoga that urge you to test your balance, a skill that is often neglected to develop, and improve the body’s overall strength and stability. A powerful pose that works to improve the individual’s well-being through balance is the Half Moon pose.

By incorporating a little bit of yoga in our lives, we can teach the body to be disciplined and learn how to relax our minds to boost overall health.

Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana)

‘Ardha’ means half, ‘Chandra’ means moon or luminous, and ‘Asana’ means pose. The art of balancing the body with the lateral extension of the leg and torso mirrors the balance of the sun and the moon.

A Hatha yoga pose, half moon pose enhances the lunar energy of the body where the hot and cold energies are perfectly aligned and balanced. This pose opens up the Heart Chakra, Sacral Chakra, and the Root Chakra.

Half Moon Pose Directions:

Half moon pose is practiced at a more intermediate level but can be an added challenge to yogis in the beginner stages of their practice.

The following steps will guide you through your practice of performing the half moon pose:

  • Stand on top of your mat with your feet parallel to each other and spaced about four feet apart. Rest your left hand on your hip and keep your right hand by your right side.
  • Slightly bend your right knee and move your right hand forward — a few inches from the toes of your right leg.
  • Exhale and press your right hand onto the floor and shift your weight onto the right heel.
  • Slowly start to lift your left leg to bring up and parallel to the floor.
  • Raise your left hand toward the ceiling and align it with your right hand to form a straight line.
  • Your weight should be on your right leg as you balance.
  • Shift your gaze to look up at your fingers.
  • Once you are steady, hold to stay in this pose for a few seconds as you focus on your breathing.
  • Release to slowly come back down and relax for a few seconds.
  • Repeat this pose using the opposite leg and arm.

Benefits of Half Moon Pose:

Half moon pose comes with its own benefits, including giving the body a good stretch and improving coordination, when practiced regularly.

Added benefits of practicing half moon pose include the following:

  • Improved balance
  • Improved posture when performing everyday activities
  • Reduced exposure to being injured
  • Increased awareness to the body’s positioning and movements
  • Stress relief
  • Reduced feelings of anxiety and fatigue
  • Sciatica relief
  • Lower back pain relief
  • Strengthened core
  • Promotes a toned physique

Half Moon Pose Precautions:

It is important to get your doctor’s approval when practicing new poses and postures, especially if you are recovering from a recent surgery or suffer from any chronic conditions.

If you are new to this pose, always practice new routines under a guided expert in order to avoid getting seriously injured in the process.

It is best to avoid half moon pose under the following conditions:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhea
  • Varicose veins
  • Injury to the back or shoulders
  • Severe headaches or migraines
  • Impaired eye health

Updated by Siya Rajan on 07/02/2018

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References:

Half Moon Pose. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.tummee.com/yoga-poses/half-moon-pose

YogaOutlet.com. (n.d.). How to Do Half Moon Pose in Yoga. Retrieved from https://www.yogaoutlet.com/guides/how-to-do-half-moon-pose-in-yoga