Yoga Pose Of The Day – Standing Half Moon Pose

Yoga Pose Of The Day – Standing Half Moon Pose

Utthita Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose)

Standing half moon is a really good pose to start your daily practice with. I always use half moon in my Sun A sequences.

Here are some of the benefits of standing half moon:

  • Opens up the shoulder joints
  • Relieves lower back pain
  • Increases spinal flexibility
  • Helps with sciatic issues
  • Stretches oblique muscles
  • Tones the torso
  • Improves digestive function

Tips for beginner yogis:

  • Avoid dumping your weight to the side your leaning towards
  • Stack your upper torso over your hips by rolling your top shoulder back
  • Instead of interlacing your fingers, you can grab the wrist of the opposite hand from the side you’re leaning into. (ex. If you’re leaning to the left, grab your right wrist with your left hand and pull it to the left side)
  • Hold for at least 5-7 breaths
  • Keep your feet together with only a slight sliver of space in between your feet

Half moon is great when you need a quick stretch during the day, or first thing when you roll out of bed. Let me know in the comments if you would do half moon in the morning or mid-day at work.

I’ll catch you all on the next post!

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