Bikram Yoga Chicago

ARDHA-CHANDRASANA (SANSKRIT)

Half Moon with Hands to Feet

Our favorite Aussie Jodie showing us how its done!

Benefits:

  • Half Moon Pose strengthens every muscle in the body’s core, especially in the abdomen, and flexes and strengthens the latissimus dorsi, oblique, deltoid and trapezius muscles.
  • It increases the flexibility of the spine comprehensively, from coccyx to neck; promotes proper kidney function; and helps to cure enlargement of the liver and spleen.
  • Half Moon also firms and trims the waistline, hips, abdomen, buttocks and thighs.
  • Half Moon with Hands to Feet posture works into the whole skeletal and circulatory systems. It is a fantastic posture to create quick energy for the rest of your practice and to correct any issues with bad posture or pain in the lower back. This posture also works throughout the entire core of the body by strengthening the biceps of the thighs and calves.
  • Reduces or eliminates pain in the lower back
  • Gives quick energy and vitality
  • Good for abdominal obesity
  • Tones the spinal nerves and abdominal organs improving the working of the bowels
  • Increases the flexibility of the spine
  • Alleviates anxiety and reduces mental stress
  • Improves and strengthen all the body’s central muscles
  • Exercises colon, pancreas, kidneys, muscular, skeletal, respiratory and glandular systems
  • Firms and trims waistline, hips, abdomen, buttocks and thighs

Half Moon Pose

  • Gives quick energy and vitality
  • Heats up the body
  • Trims stomach, buttocks, hips, and thighs

Hands to Feet

  • Improves flexibility of the spine
  • Hands to feet improves blood circulation to the brain and legs

Tips:

  • Lock your arms and fully engage your arm muscles!
  • Lift your entire body up to the ceiling
  • While in the backbend, think about distributing the bend evenly over the entire spine
  • During Hands to Feet pose make sure to glue your body to your legs and get your elbows as close as possible to each other behind the calf muscles
  • Lift the hips up to the ceiling while moving your face further and further down the shins

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