Revolved Half Moon Pose
Definition - What does Revolved Half Moon Pose mean?
Revolved half moon pose is an intermediate balancing asana. Initially, it may be challenging to find balance in this pose. It is important to master half moon pose before progressing to the revolved variation.
To enter the pose, begin in extended triangle pose with the right foot forward. Bending the right knee, place the fingertips of the right hand in front of the foot. Lift the left leg up parallel to the floor. Then straightening the right leg, open the hips and the upper body to the left. Extend the left arm upward into half moon pose. From here level the left hip with the right hip. The left fingertips come to the floor in front of the right foot. The upper body twists to the right and the right arm reaches upward. The kneecap and toes of the standing leg are pointing straight forward. Hold for three to five breaths then release the left foot to meet the right. Repeat on the opposite side.
The Sanskrit name for this pose is parivrtta ardha chandrasana.
Yogapedia explains Revolved Half Moon Pose
To modify and stabilize while attempting this pose, use a yoga block under the bottom hand for additional support. To deepen the challenge, lift the bottom hand up off the floor and place into half prayer pose at the chest.
Benefits of this pose include:
- Strengthens the legs and back
- Stretches the shoulders and upper back
- Stretches the hamstrings and legs
- Opens the chest
- Massages internal organs
- Improves digestion
- Eliminates toxins
- Supports metabolic function
- Increases balance and stability
Yogis with neck pain can modify this asana by keeping the gaze straight ahead.