Updated: Jun 14
Ardha Chandrasana or half moon balancing pose
A beautiful pose where we balance primarily on one leg. To help cultivate the inner focus and bring good alignment to the posture for the free balance, we start facing a wall.
Stage 1 Ardha Chandrasana using the wall for alignment
From a Trikonasana with the left toes touching the wall. (see Image 1a)
Bend right knee and place the left fingers to the wall as a support and as a guide to maintaining the chest parallel to the wall. Now draw left foot in and as you take the right hand out 30-40cm either slightly behind, or in line with the trunk.
Exhale and straighten left leg and right leg simultaneously. Bring the left leg in line with the trunk and point left toes forwards to touch the wall. (see Image 1b)
Draw the right inner thigh closer to the wall to better engage the femur head in to its socket.
Turn head upwards and gaze at left thumb, lighten the support from the wall and maintain the pose breathing normally for 5 cycles of breath to start with, building up to 10+.