Half Moon Pose
Ardha Chandrasana (are-dah chan-DRAH-suh-nuh) removes stiffness in the lower back and tones the sacroiliac area. It develops the leg by strengthening the knees and the lateral muscles of the leg. It relives pressure in the abdominal region. This pose also improves coordination and balance. This is a good standing pose for women who are menstruating and can be taken with the back against the wall.
This pose reminds yogis to be aware of both halves of their bodies. The right half represents the sun (the masculine energy) and the left half represents the moon (the feminine energy). Yogis understand the body-mind complex as a combination and balance of these two energies: strength and love. These energies should be balanced by the opposite positive energies to bring balance physically and mentally. Within our yoga practice let us find balance under the sun and the moon. May our heart remain at peace with the universe.
Those who have a hamstring tear should approach this asana carefully. Elderly, frail and pregnant practitioners should do this asana by leaning against a wall. For those with any neck injuries look forward or down.