[POTM] Half Moon Pose: Ardha Chandrasana

As you stretch in this pose, your body traces the smooth arc of a crescent moon (chandra).  You will have to practice conscientiously, but when you finally balance without fear it is a feat to celebrate.

Steps to practice

  1. Begin with feet 1m (3ft) apart.
  2. Turn your left foot in slightly and your right foot out 90 degrees
  3. Bend your right knee and place your right hand on the floor, or a block, by your right foot.
  4. Shift your balance to your right foot and hand
  5. Straighten your right leg
  6. Lift your left leg
  7. Extend your left arm in the air
  8. Take a few breaths
  9. Lower your leg & repeat to the other side, then relax.


  • Strengthens the abdomen, ankles, thighs, buttocks, and spine
  • Stretches the groins, hamstrings and calves, shoulders, chest, and spine
  • Improves coordination and sense of balance
  • Helps relieve stress
  • Improves digestion

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