Welcome to day 18 of the STAYGOLDEN challenge! Today’s pose is half moon and revolved half moon! Ardha Chandrasana (half/ hue of light; moon) It’s so fitting too since the moon today is in a Waning Gibbous Phase. This is the first phase after the Full Moon occurs. It lasts roughly 7 days with the Moon’s illumination growing smaller each day until the Moon becomes a Last Quarter Moon with an illumination of 50%.
Benefits: Stretches the hamstrings, groin, chest, shoulders spine, and strengthens your core, thighs, and glutes. It helps with coordination and sense of balance including lowers stress levels.
- Start in warrior II with right leg bent 90 degrees or as low as you can get to have your right thigh parallel to the floor, your back leg it straight and strong, have your tailbone tucked under and open at the hips.
- Begin to shift weight in your right bent knee, the left foot lifts off as it remains flexed to keep your balance, touch the floor with the right fingertips.
- Straighten your right leg, hips are stacked and both arms are reaching opposite of each other to open your chest, Keep your core steady, and the gaze is forward or over your left shoulder. BREATHE…. here.
REVOLVED half moon- In half moon-Bring your left hand down and right hand up as you twist open to the opposite side, stay connected and take 5 more breaths here.
Once you’ve mastered this pose, challenge yourself more in half moon and bring both hands together in prayer at heart center!