The Half-Moon Pose: Ardhachandrasana

Half-moon pose, also known as ardhachandrasana, because in sanskrit Ardha refers to half and Chandra refers to moon. Experts suggest that Ardhachandrasana can help in stretching your back like a crescent moon. This asana can make your body become flexible by stretching your chest and lower abdominal regions. The half moon pose can also strengthen your waist muscles by stretching your back.
Half Moon Pose

How to Practice Half-Moon Pose?
  • You can stand straight in Tadasana with heels touching each other and arms at your sides.
  • Now join both your hands together at the chest and press your palms lightly against one another.
  • Breathe in and raise your arms and take them over your head and keeping your palms joined.
  • Slowly bend your body backwards with your arms beside your neck and head.
  • Now tilt the head backwards and hold this position for 2-3 minutes. Your knees should be straight.
  • You can slowly return to your original position by exhaling slowly.
  • Repeat the entire sequence on the other side.

Ardhachandrasana can be repeated two to three times. If you are suffering from abdominal pain or low backache, you should see a doctor prior to practicing this asana.

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