Yoga for Beginners Intro – Part 9 of 20

Lateral Half Moon
Also called Standing Side Bend
Sanskrit Name: Ardha Chandrasana I
Ardha = Half
Chandra = Moon

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Yoga for Beginners Intro – Part 9: Lateral Half Moon

Also called Standing Side Bend
Sanskrit Name: Ardha Chandrasana I
Ardha = Half
Chandra = Moon

Benefits

  • Stretches the sides of the torso, arms and rib cage
  • Improves flexibility of the spine
  • Stimulates and improves the functioning of the liver, kidneys and spleen

Points:

  • Feet together
  • Do not twist the spine; come straight up and over; shoulders are in the same plane as if they are between two panes of glass
  • Look forward; keep space between the chin and the chest

Modification:

  • Separate the feet hip distance apart if necessary for balance until the balance improves or if the body shape does not allow for the feet to come together
  • If it is too intense with both arms overhead this can be done with one arm up and the other hand reaching towards the floor. The arm that is up is opposite the side you are moving towards.

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