Learning to Love Half Moon Pose

Half Moon pose (Ardha Chandrasana) is a challenging pose for me. I find the balancing difficult. And the fact that I can’t do it well, makes me want to do it even less. This seems like¬†a loud and clear call to practice half moon! Not quite in love with this pose yet but we’re working through it ūüėČ

Benefits

  • Challenges and works balance
  • Both strengthens and stretches the spine
  • Strengthens abdominals, thighs, ankles and buttocks
  • Tones¬†lower back muscles
  • Helps with¬†sciatica
  • Improves digestion
  • Relieves anxiety and fatigue
  • Helps with focus and concentration
  • Can be very humbling … yet also fun!

A Few Tips

  • Use a block under the¬†lower hand
  • Use the wall for balance. Even if you are not touching, it may help¬†you develop more confidence in the pose
  • Find a place of focus for your eyes and gaze softly (drishti)
  • Start with the upper hand on the hip, gaze down. As balance improves, extend the arm towards the ceiling and turn your gaze up
  • Breath steadily and set an intention of ¬†both grounding (stability) and expansion (growth)
  • If you fall, don’t dwell. Reset and carry on!

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