Monday, August 16, 2010

Chandrasana

The Crescent Moon Pose

In today’s pose we would have a look on a very interesting pose called as The Crescent Moon pose or Chandrasana .The word “Chandra” means the moon and as the body takes the form of a crescent shape this pose is called as Chandrasana or The Crescent Moon Pose.

How to do this pose?

1] To start this pose one need to be Vajrasana pose or the Thunderbolt pose. Both the legs folded in knee joint, arms on the side, the whole body sitting on the calf muscles and the buttocks placed on the heels. {Read more on How to do Vajarasana}
2] Slowly push your trunk forward to so that one can be on all four extremities like for a Cat pose or Marjarasana. {Read how to do Marjarasana}
3] Now inhale in and slowly bring your right leg forward in between both the palms and also parallel to them. The right foot should be well place and the heels touching the ground. In this pose the right leg would take a 90 degree angle with the ground.
4] Now slowly bring both your palms together right in front of your heart thus forming a “Namaskar pose”. Keep the spine straight and erect in this pose.
5] Advanced students are often asked to go further and inhale in and lift both the arms up with palms held together. Eyes can be either facing above or in front.
6] Some teachers do enjoy the other leg either being touched to the ground or either lifted a little bit above the ground. Choose what one feels comfortable.

Caution:
1] Try to do this pose as slowly as possible and avoid being in a hurry to take any steps though being very simple.
2] Try not to over stretch and hurt yourself. Be careful...
3] Keeping the spine erect is very important in this pose.

Benefits:
1] A good stretch for the limbs legs and the hands.
2] Tones the muscles of the legs and the hips in general.
3] Increases blood supply to the pelvic area.
4] By giving a slight compress to the abdomen on one side increases the peristalsis.
5] Help in preventing sciatica.

Chakra Effect:

Anahatta Chakra or The Heart Chakra is stimulated by this pose

Posted by Sudeep

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Makarasana or Crocodile Pose
Bakasana or The Crane Pose




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