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TUTORIAL
Half Moon Pose

 

Kiana Ng Yoga

Ardha Chandrasana

Half Moon Pose can really test your balance! It’s a great pose that helps increase your balancing skills and coordination due to the fact that finding the balance in this pose really requires you to fine-tune your alignment of that lifted leg. This pose requires harmony of all parts of the body. The tutorial below guides you through how to enter the pose from extended side angle.

Alignment Principles 

  • Begin in extended side angle on the right side
  • Plant both hands slightly out in front of right foot, staying on finger tips
  • Inhale to push off left foot to float it up and back behind you, keeping hips open as they were in extended side angle
  • Flex and kick strongly out through the lifted leg
  • Bring left hand to left hip
  • Exhale to begin to open the hips more to the left as you start to stack them on top of each other. The left foot should now be fully pointing towards the left
  • Left leg should be inline with the hip and you should be able to see the toes of the left leg from your peripheral vision if gaze is to the left
  • Extend left arm towards sky, making one solid line from left finger tip to right finger tip
  • Optionally, take gaze up towards left hand
  • To exit: plant both hands down first followed by stepping the lifted leg back to down dog, lunge or uttanasana

Prep. Poses:

  • Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II)
  • Utthita Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle)
  • Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)

Modifications/Variations:

  • Chapasana (Sugarcane Pose)
  • Place block under bottom hand
  • Float both hands off floor and bring through prayer or extend arms forwards
  • Place lifted foot against wall
  • Modified variation with bottom shin on mat parallel to front of mat with toes flexed (think modified side plank). Bottom arm will be light on finger tips

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