Half Moon, or Ardha Chandrasana, feels so fun!  (Just don’t laugh and throw your head out of alignment like I did!).

Move-It Monday~Yoga Pose: Half Moon (Ardha Chandrasana)

Difficulty level: Easy

Benefits:

    • Stretches the groin, calves, hamstrings, spine, chest, and shoulders
    • Strengthens the ankles, thighs, buttocks, abdomen, and spine
    • Improves balance

Begin in Warrior 2  , with a block in your right hand.  Place your left hand on your hip.

Lean forward, bringing the block to the outside of and approximately 10-12 inches in front of your right foot.  Inhale as you straighten your right leg shifting your weight forward, and transferring your balance so that your weight rests on your standing right leg and your right arm as your hand presses firmly into the block. Raise your left leg parallel to the floor.  Stack your left hip on top of your right hip as press through your flexed left foot.

Press through both legs energetically from your pelvis to the floor on your standing leg and towards the wall with your raised flexed foot, which will give you stability in the pose.  Roll your shoulder blade onto your back by drawing your left elbow towards your back body, to open your your chest.  Inhale and stretch your left arm overhead.

Tips:

The block brings the floor closer to you, allowing you to focus on your stability.  As your balance and strength increase, rotate the block to lower heights, eventually resting your fingertips on the ground.

The wall can be a great additional prop, allowing you to work on the foundation of the pose while stabilizing your balance.  Stand close to a wall on the same side of the body as your bent leg in your Warrior 2 Pose.  Stand close enough to the wall so that your hip can easily touch the wall. As you stretch into the standing leg, place your hip on the wall.  Lift your other leg parallel to the floor, pressing the heel into the wall.  Roll your shoulders and outer hip towards the wall.  As you extend your outer arm upward, press your shoulder towards the wall.  Finally, press the back of your head towards the wall.

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