5 poses to create stability inside and out
Here’s how to find your fullest expression of Ardha Chandra Chapasana.
IF ARDHA CHANDRA CHAPASANA (Sugarcane variation of Half Moon Pose) is the peak you’re eyeing, says yoga teacher Baron Baptiste, each step on the path must be mastered before you can get to the top. A powerful heart opener, this challenging pose is both a balancing posture and an asymmetrical backbend. The key to feeling freedom in Chapasana, as well as in your day-to-day practice, lies in giving detailed attention to the integrity of your alignment in every moment of every pose. “Precision gives access to integration in a way that keeps you safe and supported,” says Baptiste. “When you work with precision, you create the space to explore what’s possible in your body, which keeps your practice energized instead of static.”
As you move through each pose in this sequence, stop to regroup. Take the time to check and recheck the places in your body and psyche that might be vulnerable to injury or weakness. Make an extra effort to keep those areas open and supported, firm yet free.
Keep in mind that precision is different from perfectionism, which is rife with self-criticism and judgment. When you aspire to create “perfect” poses, you miss out on witnessing the fullness of each moment—whether positive or negative. Precision is about process. Perfectionism occurs when you believe the myth that there is an endpoint in your yoga practice.