Ardha Chandrasana. What a big, beautiful pose. And a challenging pose! This balancing pose requires strong, open hips. Below, enjoy this 10 pose sequence to 1/2 Moon. Breathe into your solid ground, feel your strength and radiate energy from the core center outward in all directions. This sequence could stand alone. Or, warm up with Sun Salutations and sprinkle these poses throughout your practice. Remember to insert or delete specific poses to ft your practice needs.
Points to consider:
- Minimize momentum! Move slowly as you transition into it. Moving slowly requires strength, which you can develop, but will also build steadiness. Try starting from Warrior 1 with the hands on the mat vs. Warrior 2. And play with directing your gaze down until your balance feels secure.
- Use a block! What a great tool! A block completes the reach of the hand to the floor if it is difficult to do so. The block (or hand) should be under- or just in front of- the shoulder. It is also effective to lift the torso up enough so that it is parallel to the floor instead of angling downward. This can stabilize the pose.
- Make sure your standing foot is facing forward and ground down into it. Direct as much weight down into your foundation as back with the back leg and up with the top arm. Caution that you don’t lock the knee, which can make you feel more wobbly in the pose (and is not good for your knee!). Feel energy radiate in all directions.
- Once you feel stable, try moving your bottom hand to your shin or heart center.
- Try binding the top arm down the back or tuck it inside the bottom hip crease.
- What about a full bind around the standing leg?
- What about both arms alongside the ears?
- Could you lift the front heel?
- Many variations. Have fun with this one! And don’t forget to breathe!