Ardhachandra Asana- the Half Moon Pose

In Sanskrit ‘ardha’ means ‘half” and ‘chandra’ means ‘moon’ thus, in English, it is called as the ‘Half Moon Posture.’ This pose is also one the postures that are sequenced in surya-namaskar (the Sun Salutation).

How to practice?

  • Stand in the tada-asana.
  • Stand with both feet touching from the heel to the big toe, keeping the back straight and the arms pressed slightly against the sides with palms facing inward.
  • Bring the hands together at the chest with palms lightly pressed against each other (the Anjali-mudra).
  • Inhale and raise the arms straight up keeping the palms pressed lightly together.
  • Arch your body backwards keeping your arms alongside your neck and head.
  • Tilt the head backward and hold.
  • Keep your knees straight while holding posture.
  • Slowly return to the tada-asana.

Benefits of Ardhachandra Asana

  • The ardha-chandra-asana is a basic stretching and balancing pose that benefits mainly the lower back, abdomen and chest.
  • Regular practice of the ardhachandra asana improves concentration, balance and coordination.
  • It massages, loosens and strengthens the waist and brings balance in the body posture.
  • Strengthens the abdomen, ankles, thighs, buttocks, and spine
  • Stretches the groins, hamstrings and calves, shoulders, chest, and spine
  • Opens the hips
  • Helps relieve stress
  • Improves digestion

Duration/Repetitions of Ardhachandra Asana

Repeat ardhachandra asana two to three times.