The word chapa refers to the sugarcane stalk the goddess Lalita uses as her bow. Her arrows are flowers, and she has a half moon ( ardha chandra) in her hair. For this reason, my teacher Douglas Brooks, PhD, a scholar of Hinduism and the comparative study of religions, named this pose (which is a variation of Ardha Chandrasana) Ardha Chandra Chapasana many years ago. The goddess who holds the bow (chapa) represents every emotional possibility—from pleasant and agreeable to fierce and formidable. Her intricacy is not unlike our own complex nature. Although she may seem sweet and demure with flower arrows and a sugarcane bow, her weapons become sharp and deadly when demons need slaying. All yogis can relate to this need for inner dichotomy: There are times to be pleasant and agreeable, and times to stand with ferocity and fight for what is right and moral.