ARHDA CHANDRASANA (BALANCING HALF MOON)
Arhda = Half; Chandra = moon; Asana = Posture
Starting from runners lunge, front hand rests on the mat about six inches in front of and slightly to the outside of the front foot. Front leg is straight and back leg is lifted off the mat. Torso, hip and leg are in one straight line. Pelvis is opened up so that the pelvis and chest point straight forward. Opposite arm reaches for the sky. Neck and head are in line with the spine. Shoulders are drawn away from the ears, down and back. Gaze is at the mat until stable, then gaze is up as a natural extension of the opening of the torso.
Benefits of the posture:
- stabilization of the hips
- creates balance