Welcome back to all you beautiful Prime Women! This month’s yoga pose, Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana) is a balancing variation of Triangle Pose (Trikonasana). This pose stretches the groin, hamstrings and calves. Half Moon Pose may be challenging, but if practiced on a regular basis, it will build balance and stability. As always, if you have any questions or if there is a specific pose you would like to see next, drop me a message. Thank you for including Prime Women in your New Year, and I will see y’all back in February!
Stand on your mat with your feet a leg length apart. Turn your left leg out 90 degrees so that the center of your knee, thigh and ankle are aligned with each other. Turn your right leg and foot inward, allowing your pelvis to turn inward slightly. Step into Triangle Pose (Trikonasana).
* Hold for 2-3 deep breaths as you prepare to transition into Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana)
1. Place your right hand on your hip and shift your weight forward into your left leg. Place your left hand on a block about a foot in front of you and a little to the outside of your left foot.
2. Lift your right leg off the floor and extend it out from your pelvis. Slowly straighten your left knee, pressing your left foot down into the floor. Hold for 2-4 breaths.
3. Set your gaze at the floor. Focus on grounding both your left leg and left hand if your balance is shaky. If you feel stable, turn your chest to face forward and extend your right arm towards the ceiling.
4. Begin to bend your left knee. Keeping your weight over the left leg, extend the right leg out behind you, continuing to lower your body down until your right foot comes to the floor. Return to Triangle Pose (Trikonasana) and hold for a 2-3 deep breaths before rising up to standing.
If you have any neck problems, don’t turn your head to look upward; continue looking straight ahead and keep both sides of the neck evenly long.
*High blood pressure or eye strain (avoid looking up)
Always work within your own range of limits and abilities.
If you have any medical concerns, talk with your doctor before practicing yoga.