Ardha Chandrasana- Half Moon Pose
Ardha Chandrasana is commonly called Half Moon Pose, but the word chandra has a double meaning. Chandra translates literally as moon, but the word by definition evokes the shinning luminous quality of the moon. Just as the moon’s luminosity comes from reflecting the light of the sun, the Yogi’s luminosity comes from the connection to the unifying energy of the universe. According to yoga philosophy, if any being goes deep enough inside themselves they will find a spark of love. This spark exists in all living things, it is what connects us to each other.
In order to learn Half Moon Pose, the practitioner must learn persistence, balance, and stability. By cultivating these principals in the yoga practice and applying them to daily life, a yogi spends increasing amounts of time connected to this spark. In many ways the paths of yoga all consist of reflecting this radiance into the world in the form of service work, non-violent communication, and unconditional compassion among many others.
What do to:
- From a forward fold, place your left hand on the floor in front of your left foot.
- Inhale as you lift the right foot up behind you and extend the leg.
- Exhale engage the whole core.
- Inhale and reach the right hand for the sky.
- Exhale reach away from the solid core with all the limbs.
- Stay for as long as you like.
- Then do the other side.
Blocks and chairs are fantastic props for this pose.
Plant your grounded hand on a block or a chair to make this pose much more accessible.
- Builds stability in the body and mind.
- Challenging balance practice.
- Builds strength in the front and back of the core.