Wednesday, April 13, 2011
The best environment to practice this asana (or any Yoga pose) is a clean place where you can focus and let go of yourself. For some, it might be in the wilderness and others in a yoga studio. I find it best to practice this asana in a clean and quiet empty room where I'm free of distractions (like a yoga studio). Finding peace and awareness in this asana was hard at first. I had to focus on my steady breathing and engaging my bundhas. After a few breaths of just clearing my thoughts and enjoying the moment I was able to my bliss.
Ardha Chandrasana is basically the sanskrit word for "half moon pose. It is pronounced "are-dah chan-DRAHS-anna". The word ardha in sanskrit means "half" and candra means "glittering, shining, having the brilliancy or light; usually translated as "moon". The moon has a rich symbolic significance in yoga mythology. The sun and the moon represent the two polar energies of the human body.
Step 1: Start in Trikonasana (triangle pose). With you left hand resting on your hip.
Step 2: Slightly end your right knee then move a bit foward.
Step 3: Move your right hand foward– a few inches from the toes of your right leg.
Step 4: Exhale and press your right hand and right heel into the floor for balance. Then life your left leg parallel to the floor.
Step 5: Raise your left hand. It should be aligned with your right hand. Bear your weight on the right leg.
Step 6: Once you are steady, look up at your fingers. Stay a few breaths in this pose.
When you have finished this pose, slowly lower your leg and end in tadasana (mountain pose).
http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/784 ("Half Moon Pose")
http://yoga.about.com/od/yogaposes/a/ardhachandrasan.htm ("How to Do Half Moon Pose - Ardha Chandrasana")
http://www.abc-of-yoga.com/info/half-moon-pose.asp ("Half Moon Pose - Ardha Chandrasana")
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tn0paRVe_gU ("Yoga: Halfmoon Pose - Ardha Chandrasana")