Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon yoga pose) is a standing, balancing pose. This asana strengthens the ankles and thighs and stretches the hamstrings. It improves your balance and core strength. If you are a runner, yoga poses such as Half Moon can be beneficial.
Step By Step
Step 1: Begin in Triangle Pose with the right leg forward. Bend your right knee gently and bring your left hand to your hip.
Step 2: Place your right hand on the floor in front of your right foot, about a foot in front of and 5 or 6 inches to the right of your right foot. Tent your hand so your fingertips touch the floor.
Step 3: Straighten your right leg while simultaneously lifting your left foot off the floor. Keep your left leg as straight as comfortably possible.
Step 4: Stack the left hip point on top of the right hip point.
Step 5: Bring your left leg parallel to the floor. Flex your left foot strongly, with your toes pointing toward the left side of the room.
Step 6: Take the left arm up toward the ceiling, open the chest and make a straight line with the right and left arms perpendicular to the floor.
Step 7: Turn your head so that your gaze is lifted upwards, toward your upraised left fingertips.
Step 8: Then, balance there for around five breaths before releasing the left leg to the floor. Repeat the pose on the other side.
Benefits Of Ardha Chandrasana
•Strengthens the abdomen, ankles, buttocks, thighs, and spine n
•Stretches the groin, calves, shoulders, chest, hamstrings, and spine
•Improves balance and coordination
•Improves digestive health
Precautions To Be Taken
Avoid practicing this pose if you are suffering from the following-
•Migraine or headache
•Low blood pressure
Watch this video for a complete tutorial.
Also read: Step By Step Guide To Perform The Perfect Chakrasana (Wheel Pose)