Revolved Half Moon Yoga Pose
Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana
Head to the dark side of the moon. The revolved version of the beautiful Half Moon Pose is challenging and takes a while to feel comfortable in. (I’m still working on it after 25 years.) The benefits of mental and physical strength and stamina, open shoulders, and flexible hamstrings and spine, along with strong core muscles, outweigh the initial aversion you 7/ feel. Stay connected to the breath and find peace within the challenge. Make sure you have a block or two nearby.
QUALITY Grounding, energizing EFFECT Strength, flexibility, cleansing, heat PROPS Block GAZE To the ground for balance or up to the extended hand
1 Begin in Mountain Yoga Pose Pose at the top of your mat. As you inhale, raise your arms above your head, and as you exhale, move into a Standing Forward Bend Pose.
2 Shift your weight onto your right leg and reach your left leg straight up, parallel with the ground.
3 Place a block directly under your left hand in line with your left shoulder. Place your right hand on your right hip.
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4 Begin to rotate yur chest open to the right, twisting from your navel. Roll your shoulders back anc down away from your ears to lengthen your neck and open your chest.
5 Reach down into your left hand, and open your right arm into the sky followed by your gaze.
6 Stay here for 3 to 5 breaths, breathing through the burn and relaxing the face and jaw.
7 Return to Standing Forward Bend with your left foot meeting the right and right hand meeting the
Exhale through your mouth and move your hips from side to side before switching sides.
8 Finish by rising back up into Mountain Yoga Pose.