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Yoga Pose: Ardha Chandrasana

Each month, we highlight one fundamental yoga pose that can help improve your overall practice. We will break down each pose, show you how to get into it safely and highlight its benefits!

The yoga pose of July is Ardha Chandrasana or Half Moon Pose.

Learn the basics:

Ardha Chandrasana is similar to Trikonasana (Triangle Pose). Half Moon offers the practitioner length and strength in all four limbs of the body. Once entered, the yogi’s heart is wide open, reflecting the bright and shining rays of the moon in the sky and both the arms and legs are in extension, reaching from the earth to the stars. This wide open shape encourages a feeling of freedom and power in the practitioner, as though they are stretching out across a great sky. 

Ardha Chandrasana is a challenging standing balance, requiring both strength and focus to achieve: the standing leg must externally rotate at the hip so that the pelvis and torso open to face one side of the room, hips and ribs stacked on a vertical plane. The other leg is lifted and extended to the back of the room, while the arms intersect the body, one actively reaching upward as the other stretches down toward the mat or a block.

Other variations of Half Moon Pose include floating fingertips off of the mat to find Gyana mudra. Half Moon can be bound either with the arms between the legs or in Ardha Chandra Chapasana, Sugarcane Pose, in which the yogi grasps the lifted foot behind them to create a half bow. It can also be twisted (Parivritta Ardha Chandrasana).

Getting into the pose:

  • Begin from Warrior II, right foot forward
  • Stretch the torso forward, reaching with the right fingertips
  • Plant the fingertips down 8-12” in front of the right foot
  • Place the left hand on the left hip
  • Straighten out the right leg and you float the left foot upward
    • Left leg is in line with the height of the left hip, flexed foot
    • Microbend the right knee to keep muscular engagement
    • Stack the hips, left on top of right 
    • Roll the left shoulder open
    • Gaze down in front of right foot
  • Once stable, extend the left arm to the sky
  • Take 10-15 breaths
    • Engage the belly
    • Lighten the weight in the right fingertips
    • Gaze can move up to the left hand
  • Release the pose and repeat on the left side

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Yoga Warrior 3

Yoga Pose: Warrior III

Each month, we highlight one fundamental yoga pose that can help improve your overall practice and understanding. We will break down each pose, show you how to get into it safely, highlight its benefits and offer some pro tips!

The yoga pose of March is Warrior III.

Let’s learn the basics:

Warrior III pose, or Virabhadrasana III, is a strong, active pose that strengthens the ankles and legs, tones the muscles of the abdomen, and stretches the chest, shoulders and hamstrings. It also helps train the mind to stay focused with a steady gaze by keeping a light attitude while practicing. This pose also helps to improve balance and coordination and posture.

Let’s get into pose:

  1. Starting by standing in mountain pose and your feet hip distance apart
    • Spread your toes wide and plant them to the mat
  2. Take a deep breath in and raise your arms high, exhale and slowly raise your right leg back straight back and engage your left leg
    • Keep both legs strong and straight without locking them
  3. Bring your torso parallel to the floor and flex your core to create stability
    • Keep your gaze down
    • Stay in the pose for about 5 – 10 breaths or until you reached your comfort level
  1. To come out of the pose, slowly bring your right foot back down to the mat and bring your torso back to a vertical position
  2. When you are ready, begin on the opposite side

Tips:

If you find you are wobbling, practice this pose with your hands touching a wall or the back of a tall chair. You can also try lightly resting your hands on two blocks placed below the shoulders. This will help you get used to the actions in the body while helping with your balance.


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Warrior II Yoga Pose

Yoga Pose: Warrior II

Each month, we highlight one fundamental yoga pose that can help improve your overall practice. We will break down each pose, show you how to get into it safely, highlight its benefits and offer some pro tips!
Warrior II
Let’s learn the basics:
Virabhadrasana II, otherwise known as Warrior II is a basic pose found in many practices. The warrior is strong, centered, and fierce. Unlike other warrior poses (Warrior I and Warrior III) the practitioner’s hips are externally rotated, symbolizing a sense of vulnerability and openness.
With arms striking like lightning behind to the past and forward to the future with the gaze, this warrior is also balanced in the state of the present. Warrior II destructs the narrative of our past with ease and clears the way for our future endeavors. We can use this embodiment to symbolically claim our power back by releasing what has blocked our ability to move forward and create the future we desire while focusing on our breath; centered, stable, and empowered in the vulnerable present moment.
Let’s get into pose:
  1. Step your feet wide on either end of the mat
  2. Turn your front foot so your toes face forward and back foot perpendicular
    -Your feet line up front heel to back arch
    -Feet are flat, back pinky toe presses into the mat
  3. Front knee bends so it is directly over the ankle without compensating the integrity of the knee joint
    -You should be able to see your front big toe, knee points toward the second and third toe
    -Knee does not go beyond the ankle
  4. Arms raise to the height of the shoulders directing straight forward and back
    – Flat hands, palms face down, shoulders relax
  5. Gaze is over the front fingertips
  6. Explore the balance between “effort and ease”
  7. Hold for 5-8 breaths and switch sides

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