Monday, February 8, 2010

Ardha Chandrasana

 Half Moon Pose

In today's post we would have a look at yet another interesting balancing pose known as “Ardha Chandrasana”. “Ardha” means half in Sanskrit, while “Chandra” means Moon. Thus this pose is also known in the western world as Half Moon Pose.
Moon has a very rich symbolic significance in yoga mythology. The whole body according to Hatha yoga represents two polar energies the solar on one side while the lunar or the moon’s energy on other side.

How to do Ardha Chandrasana?

1] Start with standing in Tadasana and continue to perform the Utthita Trikonasana on your right side. At this moment your right palm is touching the ground behind the right foot. Left arm is in air; your eyes are looking towards the left hand which is in air.
2] Exhale in slowly give a little more pressure on the right hand and right feet. Now slowly lift your left leg up in the air, so that it can be parallel to the floor.
3] For beginners it is required that they keep the left arm on the body itself, or if they are comfortable they can slowly lift the hand up in air. Many times the arm in air gives a nice balance too. Keep your vision towards the hand in air.
4] Bear the body weight on the right foot as much as possible. Use the right hand shift pressure and also shift the balance a little.
5] Hold the pose for 4 to 5 breathes and then slowly come down to Utthita Trikonasana. Repeat it in the same way on the opposite side.

Caution:
1] This is an advance pose which requires not just balance but a good amount of concentration. Try this pose once you have mastered the Vrksasana and Garudasana .
2] Those who do have health issues concerning neck sprain or injuries, knee joint pain try to do this pose with the help of your yoga instructor.

Benefits
1] A balancing pose always work on increasing one's level of concentration.
2] A nice stretch is felt all over the body especially the lower half.
3] Improves sense of coordination and sense of balance.
4] Improves digestion.

Chakra:
  This asana is known to stimulate the Third Eye or the Ajna Chakra.


Posted by Sudeep

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