Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana) with a Block

Half Moon pose strengthens the core, buttocks, thighs, and ankles while stretching the shoulders, chest, spine, and legs. It helps to improve coordination and balance, improves digestion, and can help to relieve stress.

Adding extra height in the arm with the block helps to keep the chest open, as students tend to reach toward the floor and lose integrity in the pose.

Half Moon Pose with a Block: How to Do it Step-by-Step

Step 1

Begin in Triangle pose, using the block to support your lowered hand. Pressing your hand firmly into the block, straighten your front leg while simultaneously lifting your back leg parallel to the floor.

Step 2

Rotate your upper torso up and out, opening the heart. You can keep your upper hand on your hip, or extended toward the sky.

Step 3

Stay in this posture for 3-5 breaths, then slowly lower the upraised leg and return to Triangle. Repeat on the other side.