Half Moon Pose

Yoga helps in keeping a perfect balance between mind, body, and soul. It is a balancing posture that is considered to bring in positive energy. It represents the moon in symbol and is a type of Hatha Yoga. It helps in channelizing lunar energies. It is called Ardha Chandrasana in Sanskrit. The pose resembles half-moon as the leg is lifted and is in line with the torso. It is all about mastering the pose by the regular practice which helps in increasing focus and balance. It enhances the overall stability of the body and makes your foundation strong.

How to Perform the Pose

  1. The pose starts with Trikonasana by placing your left hand on the left hip.
  2. Bend your right knee and move the foot forward about 12 inches as you inhale.
  3. Lift your right hand and hold the right foot beyond the toes.
  4. After holding the right toes, exhale and press the right hand and heel strongly into the floor and straighten the right leg.
  5. Along with this lift your left leg off the floor and keep it parallel to the floor.
  6. Keep the right kneecap straight during this process.
  7. Move your left hip a little forward after twisting the upper torso on your left.
  8. Place your left hand on the hip and give your gaze forward.
  9. Balance your body weight on the standing leg and press the lower hand to the floor to retain the balance.
  10. Lift the inner ankle upward of the standing foot and while doing so, press the sacrum and scapula against the back of the torso.
  11. Stay in the position for around 30 to 60 seconds. After that lower down the raised leg to the floor as you slowly exhale and return to the original Trikonasana position.

Benefits

  • Regular practice helps in making the spine, buttocks, abdomen, ankles, and thighs stronger.
  • It helps in increasing flexibility as it stretches the chest, calves, shoulder, spine, and groin.
  • The asana helps in maintaining a good balance and ensure better body coordination.
  • It improves the digestion problem, relives of menstrual pain and pain in the back & legs.

Mistakes and Contradictions

It is advised to avoid performing the pose if you are suffering from a neck injury. However, while performing it with neck pain and injury, keep your neck long and straight instead of looking upwards.

There are certain conditions when the yoga pose must be avoided like migraines and headaches, diarrhea, insomnia, and low blood pressure. It is better to perform it under expert guidance. Make sure you wear comfortable clothing, like yoga pants for women or men, to perform better.

How to Perform Perfectly

It is a form of Hatha Yoga and requires an individual to focus on balance while performing the pose. As a beginner, it might be difficult to touch the floor initially and maintain proper balance. You can use support to help to balance and gradually master the pose. You can initially use a block so that you have support to touch as you go down. Gradually decrease the size of the block until you are able to touch the floor by lowering.

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