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May 15, 2015 | by Laura Kasperzak
Pose of the Week: Ardha Chandrasana

Time to test your balance with one of my favorite standing postures…Ardha Chandrasana or Half Moon Pose!  Feel free to use a block under your hand if you cannot comfortably reach the ground.

Ardha Chandrasana

Stand at the top of your mat, big toes touching and hands at heart center in prayer. Sweep both arms up towards the sky and then swan dive down into a standing forward fold, Uttanasana. Lift up half way and bring your hands underneath your shoulders. Slowly lift your left leg up so your legs make a 90 degree angle. Flex your left foot so the toes point down towards your mat. Bring your left hand onto your left hip. Take a deep breath in, and on the exhale slowly start to rotate the left toes out to the left side of your mat. Your left hip will begin to stack on top of your right hip, your left shoulder will begin to stack over your right shoulder. Root down through your right foot to find your balance. Extend your left hand up towards the sky. To challenge your balance, gaze to the side or at the top of your hand.  Stay here for 5 breaths, then repeat on the other side.


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