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Strike a Yoga Pose: Half Moon

If you've all been practicing Open Triangle, you'll have no problem floating right into Half Moon. The poses are very similar in that they focus on elongating your spine and toning the core, but Half Moon will also challenge your sense of balance.

Sanskrit Name: Ardha Chandrasana
English Translation: Half Moon Pose
  • Stand on your hands and feet in Downward Facing Dog. Step your right foot forward between your hands, and rise up into Warrior 1. Now open your hips, arms, and chest into Warrior 2 pose.
  • Place your left hand on your left hip and stretch your right arm straight out, creating length through the right side of your body.
  • Shift your weight into your right foot, and lift your left foot up. Plant your right palm flat on the ground under your shoulder. Bend your right knee or use a block if your hamstring is tight.
  • Try to distribute your weight evenly between your right hand and foot. Look down at the ground and bring your left arm straight up. When you're ready, look up towards your left hand.
  • Hold for five breaths and then release the pose, coming into Downward Facing Dog. Then try Half Moon on the left side.
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