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Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose)


(ard-ha chan-drah-sah-na)

Level:

  • Beginner

Chakra:

 

Benefits: This great "core" pose improves your balance and coordination while strengthening your ankles, thighs, glutes, and spine. 

How it's done:

  • Stand straight
  • As you lean forward, lift one leg off the floor
  • Place the opposite hand, or fingertips on the floor or a block
  • Raise the other hand to the sky, with the palm facing forward, squeeze your shoulder blades together
  • Rotate your top hip up and to the back so that your hips are stacked
  • Your gaze should be upward

There are many ways to go into this pose.  Ali Kamenova Interval Yoga demonstrates this pose on a windy beach. 

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