Ardha Chandrasana Variation_Blog_Oct_22_2015

How to practice:

  • Stand straight with feet together and hands by your side (slightly away from body). Spread your weight evenly across feet
  • Open your legs wide apart
  • Lift your arms up in line with your shoulders and parallel to the floor
  • Turn your left foot to the left side
  • Bend your left knee and place left palm on the floor and simultaneously raise your right arm
  • Straighten your left leg. Raise the right leg until it is parallel to the floor.
  • Slowly release the left palm from the floor. Ensure to maintain the balance on the left leg. (Beginners can stand against the wall to ensure better balance and stability)
  • Keep knees straight and gently tilt neck to focus the gaze at left palm
  • In the final pose ensure the right arm and the left arm aligned in a straight line. Also ensure the left foot, thigh and hip are aligned,
  • Breathe rhythmically and stay in the pose for 20 seconds
  • Relax and repeat the pose on the other side to complete one cycle
  • Repeat the cycle 3-4 times.

Benefits:

  • Regular practice enhances concentration
  • Improves motor reflexes
  • Improves balance and coordination
  • Stretches spine keeping it supple and well aligned
  • Stretches inner thigh and hamstring muscles
  • Reduces Sciatica pain
  • Energizes body and keeps you active throughout the day
  • Improves body alignment particularly the shoulders
  • Beneficial in correcting prolapsed uterus
  • Relieves gastritis and acidity
  • Improves Digestion
  • Eases premenstrual tension
  • Strengthens back, legs, hips, and abdomen
  • Stimulates blood circulation to the spine and relieves back ache

Caution: To be performed under the guidance of Master. Please do not perform the asana if you have migraine, headache, varicose veins or diarrhea.