Ardha Chandra Chapasana
Steady your balance and stay open to possibilities as you move step by step into Ardha Chandra Chapasana.
Ardha = Half á Chandra = Moon á Chapa = Bow á Asana = Pose
Half Moon (Sugarcane) Bow Pose
Opens your hamstrings, hip flexors, and chest; evokes a sense of freedom, and may inspire you to stand up for your beliefs
Come back into Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose) on the left side. Place your right hand on your right hip, and look down to the floor. Inhale deeply; step your right foot forward (about 6 inches) and walk your left hand diagonally out to the left of your front foot (about 10 inches).
Spring off your right foot while grounding your left foot into the floor for balance. Lift your right leg behind you on a diagonal into Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose). Be sure your right leg is in line with your torso so you don’t overwork your outer hip or inner thigh muscles. Keep your standing leg engaged by lifting the muscles above your kneecap. Bring your right arm up vertically, and slowly take your gaze to your top hand. If you feel cramping in your standing leg, draw your left buttock under to elongate your glute muscle.
Once you feel steady, bring your right knee toward your chest so you can grab the top of your right foot with your right hand.