Balancing poses mostly require a tremendous amount of focus, but this one, which is a creative cross between Sage and Half Moon, requires strength in your upper body and core as well. As challenging as it is, it's also a really fun pose to try, because it makes you feel so open, adventurous, and bold.
Sanskrit Name: Utthita Ardha Chandrasana
English Translation: Extended Half Moon Pose
Also Called: Balancing Star
- Begin in Downward Facing Dog pose. Step both feet together so your big toes are touching.
- Move your right hand over to the left six or so inches so it's at the upper center of your mat.
- Step your right foot forward two inches, and plant the sole of your right foot firmly on the mat so your toes are pointing to the left.
- Roll open to your right side and lift your left hand off the mat. Raise your left leg up into the air.
- Stay here balancing on your right hand and foot. Try to keep your shoulders, spine, and hips in one straight line, and gaze toward your left hand. Press your right fingertips into the mat to take some pressure out of your wrists. Hold here for five deep breaths, trying to keep your core strong and the pose steady.
- Release your left hand and foot back to the mat, take a vinyasa coming back to Downward Facing Dog, and repeat this pose on the left side.