Half Moon – Ardha Chandrasana

Half Moon (Ardha Chandrasana)

Half Moon:

You can come into Half Moon from any of the Warrior series, but for the purposes of this guide, lets begin in Mountain Pose

  • Step your right foot back (about 3-4 feet) and turn your torso to the right
  • Your back foot (right foot) should be turned to a 90 degree angle, your front foot should point forward to the front of the room
  • Look down at your feet, the heel of your left foot should be in line with the arch of your right foot
  • Inhale and raise your arms so that they are at shoulder height and parallel with floor,  make sure to roll the heads of your arm bones back so that your chest remains open
  • Exhale and bend your front (left) knee until its directly over your ankle, make sure your left knee lines up with your middle left toe
  • Place your left fingertips about 10-12 inches in front of your left foot (note, this might be a great place to use a block, if this is your first time, definitely place the block on the floor in front of you at this distance and place your fingertips on top of the block), and look down towards your left hand
  • Bring your right hand down to your hip, this will help with your balance
  • Inhale, straighten your left leg and simultaneously lift your your inner right thigh up and parallel to the floor, engage the toes of your right foot
  • Find your balance here and if your feeling strong, slowly begin to extend your right arm up above your right shoulder, careful you might get a little wobbly
  • Turn your head to gaze up at your right hand
  • Take a few breaths here (4-5) or whatever you can do

To come out of this pose:

  • Bring your right hand back down to your hip
  • Turn your gaze back down to the floor
  • Exhale and bend your left knee, slowly bring your right leg down behind you

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