Added by on 2017-07-20

How To Do HALF MOON POSE(ARDHA CHANDRAASANA) step by step, its benefits & breathing technique.

The half moon pose is basically an exercise which involves stretching and balancing. Its chief benefits are that it improves the muscles of the lower back, abdomen and chest. Half moon yoga can also be performed as a regular stretching workout to relieve your body of stress and pain. This yoga asana aims at loosening stiff muscles and inducing overall flexibility in the body. Lack of enough exercise can make your body feel taut, hence restricting free movement.

Let us have a look at some steps involved in performing the half moon pose ( Ardha Chanrasana):

Step 1: Stand straight with your legs close to each other.
Step 2: Now bend down to the downward dog position.
Step 3: Now bend your right leg forwards and then bring it in the front in between the arms.
Step 3: Straighten the legs as much as possible. Now raise your left arm up towards the ceiling.
Step 4: Stay in the position for a while with both the hands straight. You can use a block or a book to support the right hand.
Step 5: Repeat the same with the other leg and get back to the downward dog position.

Next exercise:

Step 1: Stand straight and then lower the body in the downward dog pose.
Step 2: Now lift the right leg up towards the ceiling. Bend the knee and get the leg in between your arms.
Step 3: Now by bringing the hands slightly forward, lift the left leg up and slowly lift the left hand up too.
Step 4: Balance the body and look up at the ceiling. Stay in this position for 10 seconds.
Step 5: Repeat the same process with the left leg.

# Half Moon Pose with block support:

Step 1: Place a block in front of you before starting the exercise. Stand straight with legs close to each other and the bend down to touch the block.
Step 2: Raise your left leg up and simultaneously the left hand. Look up towards the ceiling.
Step 3: Repeat the same with the other side and balance for 10 seconds. Inhale and rise and exhale during this process.

# Half Moon Pose with Wall Support:

Step 1: Stand close towards the wall and also place a block next to the wall.
Step 2: Push your hip down onto the wall.
Step 2: Lift the left leg and left hand up.
Step 3: Hold the block with your right hand for support. Stay in this position for some time.
Step 4: Repeat the same with the left side.

# Benefits of half moon yoga pose are as follows:

1. Strengthens chest: The half moon pose widens the chest and shoulders. It increases the flexibility of hip joints and the neck.

2. Strengthens thigh muscles: It gives strength to the thigh and the calf muscles.

3. Improves digestion: It also helps in digestion, decreases stress and heals leg diseases.

4. Balance: It also helps to promote balance and co-ordination.
After reading all the health benefits of the Power Yoga Half Moon pose, we are sure you would like to give it a try. Go ahead and give it a try!

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