Translation : The Sanskrit word ardha means "half," and the word chandra means "moon," thus, this is the "half moon" posture.
Pronunciation : ard-ha-chun-drah-sa-na
"Standing straight on the left leg, bend the right leg and place the right foot on the root of the left thigh. Stand thus like a tree on the ground. This is called vriksha-asana."
drawing the body like a bow, it becomes Dhanura-asana." The Hatha-Yoga-Pradipika
The Half Moon Pose (Ardha-chandra-asana) Instruction :
1.Stand in the tada-asana (Stand with both feet touching from the heel to the big toe,
keeping the back straight and the arms pressed slightly against the sides with palms
2.Bring the hands together at the chest with palms lightly pressed against each other
3. Inhale and raise the arms straight up keeping the palms pressed lightly together.
4. Arch your body backwards keeping your arms alongside your neck and head, tilt the
head backward and hold. Keep your knees straight while holding posture.Arch your
body backwards keeping your arms alongside your neck and head, tilt the head
backward and hold. Keep your knees straight while holding posture.
5. Slowly return to the tada-asana.
Comments : The ardha-chandra-asana is a basic stretching and balancing pose
that benefits principly the lower back, abdomen and chest. It is equally suitable for
use in your stretching routine as well as formal asana practice.
This pose is also one the postures that are are sequenced in surya-namaskar
(the Sun Salutation).
Durations/Repetitions : Repeat ardha-chandra-asana two to three times.