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Ardha Chandrasana (Anjaneyasana) – Half Moon Pose

By Prana Yoga | In All Yoga Postures, Back Bends, Hip Openers | on July 8, 2014

Ardha – Half
Chadra – Moon

This posture is also called Anjaneyasana.

Ardha-Chandrasana-(Anjaneyasana)-Half-Moon-Pose

Steps:

  • Start in Ashwa Sanchalanasana, a deep lunge with the right foot infront of the left, and the hands down.
  • Inhale, raise the hands, and stretch both arms over the head keeping them shoulder width apart.
  • Arch the back look up, raising the chin.
  • Your body should resemble a half moon with your body gently curving from the tip of the fingers to the tip of the toes.
  • Stay in the posture for a few seconds breathing normally.
  • Exhale, come back to Ashwa Sanchalanasana

Benefits:

  • Opens the chest, deepening the breathing.
  • Stretches the thighs, hips, and groin
  • Relieves sciatica pain
  • Improves balance and concentration
  • Strengthens, thighs and quadriceps.
  • Strengthens lungs for asthma sufferers

Contraindications:

  • Knee and ankle injuries
  • Neck problems
  • If you feel pain in the shoulders of neck bring the hands to the hips

 

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