In Sanskrit â€˜ardha’ means â€˜half” and â€˜chandra’ means â€˜moon’ thus, in English, it is called as the â€˜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.