Ardha Chandrasana - Half moon pose

9 November 2023 by
Editorial team

In Sanskrit, ardha means "half," and chandra means "moon," thus, this is the Half Moon Posture. This pose is also one of the postures sequenced in Surya Namaskar (the Sun Salutation).

Position of Readiness:

  • Stand in Tadasana (Mountain Pose):
    • Stand erect with your heels together and toes apart.
    • Keep your back straight and your arms slightly pressed against the sides with palms facing inward.

Steps to Perform Ardha Chandrasana:

  1. Raise Your Arms:
    • Raise your arms over your head and fold your hands, keeping your palms together.
    • Keep your head between your arms.
  2. Lift and Stretch:
    • While inhaling, slowly raise your arms straight up, keeping the palms pressed lightly together.
    • Arch your body backward, keeping your arms alongside your neck and head.
    • Tilt your head backward and hold the position.
    • Keep your knees straight while holding the posture.
  3. Return to Tadasana:
    • Slowly return to Tadasana (Mountain Pose).
    • Repeat the same steps 2-3 times.

Benefits of Ardha Chandrasana:

  • Basic Stretching and Balancing:
    • "The Ardha Chandrasana is a fundamental stretching and balancing pose that primarily benefits the lower back, abdomen, and chest."
  • Improves Rib Cage Flexibility:
    • "This asana makes the rib cage supple and flexible."
  • Massages and Strengthens the Waist:
    • "It massages, loosens, and strengthens the waist, bringing balance to the body posture."

Experience the Stretch and Balance of Ardha Chandrasana!

Also read: Ardha Chandrasana - Half Moon Pose from Surya Namaskar

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