Ardha Chandrasana

August 2018 Pose of the Month: Ardha Chandrasana

Our August 2018 pose of the month is Ardha Chandrasana or Half Moon pose.

This is a beautiful balancing pose that taps into our lunar energies and recreates the sensation of the moon suspended lightly and spectacularly in the sky.

To Begin:

Start from standing at the top of your mat. Bring your right foot all the way back so you’re at a Low Lunge with your left leg, hands framing the left foot.

1. From here, engage your core, bring your right hand to your right hip and lift up your right foot and straighten your right leg out behind you, balancing on the left leg with your left hand on the floor. Gaze is at the left hand.

2. Make sure your left leg is strong by engaging your glutes and quads, lifting up at the kneecap, and anchoring the four corners of your left foot, rooting into the earth for support.

3. Now, rotate your right hip back, stacking it on top of your left hip. So instead of your hips being parallel to the earth, we want it to be parallel to the right side wall of the room.

4. Next, energetically extend your right hand towards the sky, palm facing the right side of the room. Lift the shoulders out of your ears by gluing your shoulders blades onto your back. Maybe imagine you’re holding onto a pencil in between your shoulder blades.

5. Stay with it for 5 slow, deep breaths.

6. Slowly come out of it the same way you came in. Repeat the steps for the other side.

For a variation, try to bring your bottom hand to your heart and float easily on your standing leg. You can also perform this a center against the wall to practice leaning back and opening your heart towards the sky.