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How to do Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana, Revolved Half Moon Pose

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Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana – The Revolved Half Moon Pose standing balance strengthens the legs. The rotation of the torso provides a toning effect for the abdominal organs. From the abdominal centre, Bring the pose alive by sending lines of energy through each limb.
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1. From a forward fold bring the right hand to the floor in front of the left foot. With the left hand on the sacrum, bend your left knee and step the right foot back so your body weight begins to shift into the left leg. Breathe and stabilise your foundation through the sole of your left foot.
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2. Look down to the floor as you raise the right leg off the floor and straighten the left leg. Using the right hand for balance, open the chest toward the left and extend the left arm upward. Extend the right toes down to the ground and stretch back through the right heel. Twist your trunk more to the left. If your balance is steady, turn the head up and gaze at the tip of the left thumb. Breathe deeply and evenly.

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Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana – turn the head up and gaze at the tip of your left thumb

 
3. To release, lower the left hand to the floor as you bend the left knee and gracefully lower the right foot. Come to mountain pose, then repeat on the other side.
 

Tips

Gaze: Up to infinity
Build-up Poses:

Counter Poses:

  • Deep Forward Fold
  • Mountain Pose

Lighten:

  • Look down
  • Keep the back toe on the floor. Bend the supporting leg
  • Practice parallel to the wall and press your hand against it

Effect: Balancing
 

Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana, Revolved Half Moon Pose Counter Poses

In yoga we use a counter pose in a sequence; For example, a twist follows a backbend to “neutralise” the spine, or a forward bend follows a backbend to help lengthen the spine and calm the nervous system.

Deep Fold Forward, Uttanasana

Deep Fold Forward Pose, Uttanasana

 
Mountain-Pose-Tadasana

Mountain Pose, Tadasana