Ardha Chandrasana | Haf Moon Pose

Ardha Chandrasana | Haf Moon Pose

Ardha Chandrasana challenges the body and mind. It’s a foundation balance pose and for many students, half moon pose is a pinnacle pose that once understood lays the foundation for more advanced asanas.

When I began my practice, this was the pose that truly challenged me. It took months, if not years, to get my body to really understand ardha chandrasana. Overcoming the challenge, how joyful and expansive I feel and how good it feels in my legs, belly and back, is why it is one of my favorite poses. Half moon reminds me that dedication, surrender, falling, patience and laughter are all equally important aspects of this practice.

Anatomically it focuses on the ankles, calves, thighs, knees, groins, shoulders, chest, spine and belly.  It sounds like too much but hold the pose for 5 to 10 breaths and notice how your legs, hips back and belly feel. Also notice your breath in this pose and you know its working!

In terms of benefits, this pose really packs a punch!   

Physical Benefits

  • Strengthens the abdomen, ankles, thighs, buttocks, and spine
  • Stretches the groins, hamstrings and calves, shoulders, chest, and spine
  • Improves coordination and sense of balanc
  • Improves digestion
  • Strengthens ankles, knees and legs
  • Roots thighbones to help alleviate backpain
  • Opens chest and shoulders

 

Additional & Therapeutic Benefits

  • Improves digestion
  • Reduces stress, anxiety, depression and fatigue
  • Improves balance and coordination
  • Relieves backache and reduces Sciatica
  • Prevents and improves osteoporosis
  • Prevents and relieves constipation and gastritis
  • Reduces and relieves indigestion
  • Relieves menstrual pain