Introduction to Ardhachandra Asana
The Ardhachandra Asana means half moon pose. The meaning of the Sanskrit word ardha denote “half,” and the word chandra denote “moon,” thus, this ASANA is known as the “half moon” posture.
It is pronounced as ard-ha-chun-drah-sa-na.
Benefits of Ardhachandra Asana
The Ardhachandra Asana or half moon pose is a most common stretching out and balancing posture that will not only prove beneficial primarily for your lower back but also be beneficial for your stomach and thorax. Ardhachandra Asana is evenly appropriate for use in your daily stretching exercise routine as well as formal asana Practice session. If you recall back this pose is one of the poses that is sequenced in The Sun Salutation – Suryanamaskar
Steps for Ardhachandra Asana – The Half – moon Pose
1. Stand in a position so that both the feet are touched from the heel to the big pointed-toe like Tada-asana, Holding the backbone erect and the arms contracted slender against the sides with palms facing in front.
2.Holding your palms slightly pressed with one another and get your hands altogether toward the chest as in the Anjali-mudra
3.Breathe in and arouse the arms directly upholding the
palms compressed gently unitedly.
4. Bend your body backwards holding your arms beside your neck and head, sway /tilt your head in the backward direction and control the pose for a while. Maintain your knees unbent while carrying posture.
5. Easily come back to the original asana i.e Tada -Asana- The Mountain Pose