Ardha Chandrasana, commonly known as Half Moon Pose, is a balancing pose where the body mimics the serene beauty of a full moon suspended in the night sky. In this asana, one leg bears the body weight while the opposite leg extends parallel to the floor. One hand grounds you by touching the floor, and the other hand reaches skyward. The challenge is to keep all limbs in the same plane without tipping, ensuring steady balance and alignment.
Steps to Perform Half Moon Pose
- Begin in Utthita Trikonasana and put your left foot forward. Utthita Trikonasana, or Extended Triangle Pose, is a heart-opening expansion of the chest that stretches the hamstrings and back muscles.
- Place your right hand on your hip muscles.
- Now, move your head and place your gaze on the floor.
- Try bending your front leg and moving your weight on your front foot.
- Reach your front hand slightly forward and place it on the mat or a block beneath your front shoulder. Press down through your fingers for stability.
- Lift your back leg and keep your thigh in a parallel position on the floor.
- Turn your chest gradually to the right, twisting your torso and hips. Extend your top hand to the ceiling.
- Keep your gaze on the floor or gently bring it to your top hand. Ensure a slight bend in your standing leg to avoid hyperextension.
- Return gently to the Extended Triangle.
Standing Half Moon pose requires a careful alignment of limbs and a steady focus on the breath. By beginning with the foundational Utthita Trikonasana and gracefully transitioning through each step, practitioners can find balance and poise in the Half Moon Pose.